Current News

Current News

Vassil Levski - Bulgarian National Hero

Vassil Levski - Bulgarian National Hero

7/18/2003 12:00:00 AM

It is 166 years since the birth of Levski

Vassil Ivanov Kunchev - Levski
18.07.1837 - 19.02.1873
Vassil Levski, whom the present-day Bulgarians consider their greatest national hero of all times and epochs, was born in Karlovo, a prosperous center of craftindustry in 1837. At the age of twenty four he took the vows of a deacon. The lot in store for the young Bulgarian was obviously not the one of a monk living in resignation to the world. In 1862 he fled to Serbia and enlisted as a volunteer in the Bulgarian legion raised by Rakovski. The legion took part in the Serbo-Turkish hostilities. Between 1862-1868 Levski participated in almost all Bulgarian armed assaults against the Ottoman empire.
The revolutionary theory which took form in Vassil Levski's mind towards the end of the 60s, turned out to be a leap forward for the Bulgarian liberation movement. Levski viewed the national liberation revolution as a concomitant armed upheaval of the whole Bulgarian population in the Ottoman empire. It followed that this uprising had to be well-prepared in advance, with all adequate military training and proper coordination on the part of an internal revolutionary organization branching out into committees in each living area. That organization was supposed to operate independent from the plans or the political combinations of any foreign powers which, as known by previous experience, had brought only trouble and failure to the national revolutionary cause.
Levski also determined the future form of government in liberated Bulgaria - a democratic republic, standing on the principles of the Human and Citizen Rights Charter of the Great French Revolution. That was the only document hitherto known to guarantee the individual freedom of expression, speech and association. In their essence Levski's ideas tallied with the most radical ideas of the European bourgeois-democratic revolution.
In more practical terms, in 1869 Levski addressed himself to the task of setting up local committees. By the middle of 1872 he had scoured the Bulgarian lands with the dedication of an apostle, and succeeded in establishing a strong network of committees in hundreds of Bulgarian towns and villages which were in constant contact with and subordination to the clandestine government in the town of Lovech. They provided weapons, organized combat detachments, and got traitors and Turkish officials punished.
In May 1872, the Bulgarian Revolutionary Central Committee and the Internal Revolutionary Organization, convinced that a coordination of the efforts would be for the general good, merged into one organization. Revolutionary uplift overwhelmed the whole country.
Levski was sent to the gallows in Sofia in February 1837

 

Bulgarian alloy for dentures
Bulgarian alloy for dentures
8/18/2003 12:00:00 AM
/based on an article in the Maritsa Newspaper/A team of metallurgists of the KCM Joint-Stock Company, Plovdiv, has processed and clinically tested gold alloy for metal-ceramics used in the dentist...
?Scene at a Crossroads? Theatrical Festival in Plovdiv
The festival is organized as a mutual project with the International Institute of Mediterranean Theatre ? Madrid, and has annual issues ever since 1997. Leading Bulgarian theatres play their curren...
Four athletes from Plovdiv ? at the World Athletic Championship
The World Athletic Championship in Paris will take place from August 23rd  ? 31st. Today?s publication in the Maritsa Newspaper says that our greatest athletes Theresa Marinova (step-and-jump), S...
ALLIANCE FRANCAIS
ALLIANCE FRANCAIS
8/14/2003 12:00:00 AM
Choosing ?Alliance Francais? for today?s news page is based on a Maritsa Newspaper article regarding the contest called ?Europe is and will always be multilingual?. The 11th grade student from the ...
The Jazzmen from the CRACATAU  Band in Plovdiv
One of the leading world names in the ethno-jazz and most popular band in Indonesia ?Cracatau? will have a concert at the open stage in the ?King?s Stables? pub in the Old Town, on August 15th. The...
Rangers flew off to Iraq
Rangers flew off to Iraq
8/12/2003 12:00:00 AM
/based on the publication in the Maritsa Newspaper/\r\n145 rangers from the Bulgarian battalion flew off yesterday, from the Krumovo Airport, Plovdiv, exactly at 4 pm. Their equipment in...
A contemporary Don Quixote
A contemporary Don Quixote
8/11/2003 12:00:00 AM
Based on a publication from today?s issue of the Maritsa Newspaper:Tseno Petrov is one of the eight certified ornithologists (the science of birds) in Bulgaria. He lives and works in the town o...
The Lauta Park Project
8/9/2003 12:00:00 AM
The park that separates the central part of Plovdiv from the largest housing complex Trakia, is called the Lauta Park and is situated on a territory of 12 decares. Right next to the park a unique s...
Old Town houses restoration
Old Town houses restoration
8/8/2003 12:00:00 AM
As reported by BTA:Seven of the houses in the architectural preserved area ?Ancient Plovdiv? will be restored thanks to UNESCO fundingThat has been decided according to an agreement between...
The US rowers will be training in Plovdiv
Today?s edition of the Maritsa newspaper says that Glen Merry, the coach of the US national rowing team. He will study the equipment and the condition of the Plovdiv Rowing Canal and will decide wh...