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 Naval Museum – Varna

Varna,.2, "Primorski" Blvd.,

The Naval Museum – Varna is among the oldest institutions in Bulgaria. Its beginning was laid in the Danube city of Russe in 1883. Later it was moved to Varna in the former Girls’ High School. The official opening of the Maritime Museum (as it was called then) took place on May 20, 1923,by which it was defined as the first public military museum in Bulgaria. Today the Museum is housed in a beautiful old building, situated in the Sea Garden. The new exposition was opened in 1956.
In its halls, in the open exposition and by all its manifestations, the Naval Museum in Varna presents and popularizes the maritime and the naval history of Bulgaria. In the course of 125 years of existence, there have been collected about ten thousands of exhibits. The museum disposes of rich library. For decades it studies our maritime past and seeks to maintain in the value system of the society, a respect for the achievements of the Bulgarian seafaring during the centuries - of the military sailors,of the dedicated to commercial shipping, shipbuilding, ship repair, artistic perception of the sea.
In its biography the Naval Museum became the first in the underwater archaeological researches in Bulgaria,by the organized in 1959, First Expedition - at the cape Kaliakra.In the coming decades were carried out series of studies under water - near the cape Kaliakra ,in Shabla, in Varna Bay, etc.

Since 1994 the Naval Museum has been a member of the Naval Museums World Organization.

For Contacts :
Varna, 2, “Primorski” Blvd.
Director – PhD Mariana Krasteva
tel./fax: +359 52/ 731 523
E-mail: mus_maritime@abv.bg

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