Podcast in English
Bulgarian National Radio © 2022 All Rights Reserved

Bulgaria’s Shumen celebrates 40 years since the opening of the monument "Founders of the Bulgarian state"

Photo: Shumen Municipality

On November 26, the city of Shumen will mark four decades since the opening of the Memorial Complex "Founders of the Bulgarian State". The program includes a festive performance and a light and laser show specially prepared for the anniversary. A 3D mapping presentation will show animated and designed archival videos and footage taken with a drone, tracing the construction of the memorial.

The monument is the work of sculptor Prof. Krum Damyanov and his team and was officially unveiled on November 28, 1981 in honour of the national celebrations dedicated to the 1300th anniversary of the founding of the Bulgarian state. After the political changes in 1989, it is one of the few such monuments that continue to be managed by the state. Last year, a commission from the Ministry of Culture issued an opinion that “it is the most impressive representative of monumental art in Bulgaria from the period of Socialism and one of the most significant material complexes built in the 1970s and 1980s”.

Its new status as a site of national importance allows the Shumen administration to apply for funds from national or European programmes to maintain the monument. Such restoration activities are planned for 2022.

Compiled by Vessela Krasteva

English version Rositsa Petkova

Listen to the daily news from Bulgaria presented in "Bulgaria Today" podcast, available in Spotify.

More from category

Bulgarian Orthodox Church marks Assumption of Saint Methodius on April 6

On April 6, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church commemorates the Assumption of St. Methodius. He was the older brother of Saint Cyril also known as Constantine the Philosopher . Both are known as the Apostles of the Slavs. Methodius became a monk after..

published on 4/6/22 11:37 AM

Legendary Uzundzhovo Fair was the commercial miracle of the Balkans

Many churches in Bulgaria have been converted to mosques in the times when the country was under Ottoman rule. Uzundzhovo village, Haskovo province, is quite a different case : its mosque was transformed into a church. Nowadays the Church of the..

published on 3/26/22 9:05 AM

Feast of the Annunciation, 25 March

After two years of pandemic restrictions and rules, protests, horrifying news from Russia’s war in Ukraine, we seem to be gaining a growing understanding of the need to remain connected, wherever we may be on the planet, whatever our status in..

published on 3/25/22 9:35 AM