Commemorations in the Snow: Bulgaria Remembers Vassil Levski

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At the Levski Monument, Bulgarians laid down wreaths and flowers in the snow. Photo: Imanuel Marcus.

Bulgaria celebrated one of its national heroes on Sunday. Vassil Levski, who planned the April Uprising against the Ottoman rulers, was sentenced to death and hanged 144 years ago, in 1873. Five years after the death of this inspiring figure, in 1878, Bulgaria became a free country during the Russo-Turkish War.

The main commemorations took place in Vassil Levski’s hometown of Karlovo, and in Sofia.

At the Levski Monument, located close to the Nevski Cathedral, in the capital’s center, police blocked all traffic in the early afternoon. The snowfall did not stop individuals from laying down flowers at the monument. At 2:30 p.m., about 60 people waited in line, until it was their turn. Quite a few families with children were part of this.

The police blocked all streets leading to the Levski Monument. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

In the early evening, the official commemoration started. President Rumen Radev was one of the speakers, who praised Levski’s ideals.

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