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

National Revival Museum

Varna 9000, 21 L. Zamenhof Str.

The Museum is housed in an old building from the end of 19th century. Throughout the years it was used for different purposes. Today the Museum shows the most important moments of Varna history during the Revival.

The exposition on the first floor is dedicated to the city of Varna as an important strategic point on the west coast  of the Black Sea and the participation in the Russo-Turkish wars at the end of 18th and the first half of 19th c.

On the second floor of the museum the visitors can see some moments of the social and economic development of the town. The establishment of the municipality, the school, struggle for religious enlightenment. There is also a restored classroom with sandy desks where the children have learned how to write. Very curious are the orders of praise and the black tablets of reprobation of the pupils.  The original blackboard with the Bulgarian alphabet, donated to the museum in 1861,has been preserved too. Among the valuable exhibits are the sword and revolver of Hadzhi Dimitar. Very interesting is the exposition with some original manuscripts and ancient editions from the 18th and 19th Century. There are engravings from the 19th C., the lock of the city gates, as well as some antique weapons from the 18th and 19th c. and burial finds of the perished in the Russo – Turkish war.

The exhibition Ancient Varna in pictures  revealing the unique atmosphere of the town from the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century features works of the artists H. Kavarnaliev, I. Zagureyko, Al. Mutafov and others. 

For contacts:
Varna 9000
21 L. Zamenhof Str.
R. Assoc. Stanka Dimitrova
tel. +359 52 / 658 891

Created and Powered by Stalker Project - Studio IDA