Figures of Plovdiv

Figures of Plovdiv

Ivan Bogorov, Dr (1818 - 1892)

Ivan Bogorov, Dr (1818 - 1892)

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One of the most eminent encyclopedians of the Bulgarian Revival period - a doctor of medicine by education, he was also very much concerned by business matters, economics, geography, industry, transportation, philology, journalistics. He had a leading role among the uilders of Bulgarian literary language with his First Grammar of Bulgarian Language (1844), as well as with the first ever French-Bulgarian and Bulgarian-French Dictionary. He had also had a leading role in publishing the first Bulgarian newspaper - Bulgarian Eagle (1846), which appeared two years after the first BG magazine - Konstantin Fotinovs Lyuboslovie (i.e. Love to Language).

Being a patriot, Dr Bogorov fought against the invasion of foreign words, and especially against the flood of Greek, which was popularly substituting our native language (since Bulgarians were still slaves to the Turkish Ottoman rule and using Bulgarian language was considered as not a prestigious thing to do) ....

Born in 1818 in the town of Karlovo, Ivan Bogorov studied in Constantinople and in Kouroucheshme (in the Greek parish school, where G.S.Rakovski and Sava Dobroplodni also studied). At the age of 19 he went to study at the Richelieu High School in Odessa, Russia (which was the place where Nayden Gerov, Botyo Petkov and Dobri Chintulov received their education).

Bogorov lived in Leipzig, Germany, where he founded the newspaper Bulgarian eagle -a civil, trade and literary newspaper. Then he lived in Constantinople where he wrote for the Constantinople Newspaper, trying to urge the eminent Bugarians, having high-ranking positions in the turkish Empire administration, to use their influence in favour of Bulgarian independent church.

He studied Medicine in Paris, then went back to Constantinople again, then he was a doctor in Plovdiv, where he was publishing his Journal of Science, Crafts and Trade. In Bucharest, Romania, he published his newspaper Nationality and prepared his Academic Dictionary of Bulgarian language.

During the Russo-Turkish War of Liberation (1887-1888) he volunteered as a translator of the Russain Military Commandment. He lived another 14 years in liberated Bulgaria, and died in 1892.

Nayden Todorov (born 1974)
Nayden Todorov (born 1974)
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Nayden Todorov was born in 1974 in Plovdiv. He received his first piano lessons at the age of five, and by sixteen had led his first concert as conductor. He studied with Alexander Vladigerov in So...
Dimitar Kirov (1935-2008)
Dimitar Kirov (1935-2008)
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Eminent Plovdiv artist. He graduated in 1959 from the academy of Arts in Sofia. He lives and works in Plovdiv. Winner of numerous art awards. His name has been connected to the so called P...
Hristo G. Danov (1828 -1911)
Hristo G. Danov (1828 -1911)
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Teacher, man of letters, founder of the organised publishing in Bulgaria; member of the BG Literary Society (todays Bulgarian Academy of Sciences). In the period 1854-56, while a teacher ...
Alexander Bourago, Captain / later Colonel (around 1853 - 1883)
Alexander Petrovich Bourago was an eminent military figure. He graduated from the Nikolaevsko Military Cavalry School in Sankt Petersburg, Russia. Captain Bourago was the comander of a cavalry squa...
Yosafat Shishkov, Father (1884 - 1952)
Yosafat Shishkov was born on February 9th, 1884 in Plovdiv, in a catholic family. In 1900, he became a novice in Turkey and accepted the name of Yosafat. He studied Philosophy and theology in Belgi...
Hristo Hristov (April 11th, 1926 - April 17th, 2007))
Hristo Hristov is among the most eminent film directors and screen writers in Bulgarian cinema. He was born on April 11th
Georgi Atanassov, Maestro (1882 - 1931)
Conductor, composer, pioneer of Bulgarian opera. He graduated as a student of Pietro Mascani at the Rossini College in Pesaro, Italy, as Maestro di Musica. Atanassov made his early career as a mili...
Theodosii Spassov (born 1961)
Theodosii Spassov (born 1961)
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The eminent Bulgarian musician is often a guest to his beloved Plovdiv on various cultural occasions. The virtuoso, who is the most popular shepherd flute “kaval” ‘s jazz performer, is practically ...
Tsvetana Maneva (born 1944)
Tsvetana Maneva (born 1944)
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She was born in Plovdiv on January 30th, 1944, and her artistic career starts from here. Today, most Bulgarian consider her an “intellectual type of actress “. The eminent Bulgarian actress makes h...
Atanas Samokovliev (1832 - 1905)
Atanas Samokovliev (1832 - 1905)
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Atanas Samokovliev (also known by the nickname Atanas Samokovets) was born in 1832 in the town of Samokov. He was a trader and a public figure. He was the first Mayor of Plovdiv ...