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.



Libraries, Museums and Galleries

The Natural History Museum

Varna 9000 Sea Garden

The Natural History Museum was established in 1960. It is located in the Sea garden by the coast, just opposite the Palace of Culture and Sports. The museum studies and makes popular the variety of species in the Black sea and along the Black sea coast. More than 20 000 exhibits are preserved in the museum fund and are part of the following sections Geology, Paleontology, Botany, Zoology and Exotic. The Natural History Museum has rich collections of freshwater and sea spices inhabiting the Bulgarian area of the Black Sea as well as a geological and mineral collection. The museum display consists of three sections: Geology, Vegetation and Animal kingdom.

The first section deals with the formation and structure of the Earth, the origin and development of life on it. There are Mesozoic and Tertiary fossils, representing the fauna during those geological periods. Samples of ores and minerals give idea of the metalliferous and non-metalliferous minerals of Northeastern Bulgaria.

In the second section Vegetation some basic vegetation groups typical for the local area are presented: seaweeds, plants in the salt soil and sand, dense forest, etc. Special emphasis is put on some rare local spices – oriental beech, strandzhanska zelenika, rakitnik, etc.

The animal life is represented by vertebrates and invertebrates - from unicellular to mammals. In terms of science the display is organised on the principle of evolution and provokes the discussion about various natural and scientific matters.

For contacts:
Varna 9000
Sea Garden
Assoc. Prof. Yanaki Sivkov, Ph.D.
m. Saltanat № 32
tel.: +359 52/ 302 571

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