Община Варна - култура и изкуство
Candidature of Varna for European Capital of Culture
It was launched on 13 June 1985 by the Greek minister of culture, the famous actress and singer, Melina Mercouri. Initially, the initiative was called European City of Culture in a special motion of the Council of Ministers of the Union.

The official document stated that the European City of Culture was to present a culture which in its historical roots and contemporary development was characterized both by common elements and a heritage which had been due to differences.


Bulgaria’s European Capital of Culture
In 2019, a Bulgarian city and a Italian city will be the European Capitals of Culture. The designation procedures are described in Decision No 1622 of 24 October 2006 by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.

The applications are assessed by a special commission of 13 members. Seven of them are from European institutions and six are appointed by the applicant-country.



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Aladzha Monastery

9000 Varna, Zlatni Pyasatsi Nature Park

The best known medieval rock monastery on the Bulgarian Black sea coast is located at some 14 km North-East from Varna and about 3.5 km west of the resort Zlatni Pyasatsi.
It is not known much about the past of the monks’ site. Archeological research indicates, that the area has been populated since early Christian period (4th – 6th c.). Chronology of the surviving wall paintings in the monastery’s chapel indicates that the asylum flourished by 13th – 14th c. After the fall of Bulgaria under Ottoman rule at the end of 14th c., the monastery gradually lost importance and probably by 16th – 17th c. was finally deserted.

Systematic studies of this important Christian monument began bay the end of 19th c., the first scholars to do so being the pioneers of the Bulgarian archeology – brothers Karel and Herman Skorpil.

In 1927 Aladzha monastery was officially declared as national heritage site, and again in 1957 г. – for national monument of culture. The specific architectural forms, combined with beautiful panorama around and numerous legends, told by local population, create a unique atmosphere of serenity and mystique. During almost a century this scenery make of Aladzha monastery one of the most attractive museum and tourist sites on the Bulgarian Black sea coast, included in almost all world guides.

For contacts:
9000 Varna
Zlatni Pyasatsi Nature Park
Valeri Kinov
tel. +359 52/ 355 460, +359 52/ 681 012
e-mail: kinov_aladja@yahoo.com

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