Text in Bulgarian: Gabriela Patilova - student, 7th grade, Sofia
Translation: Petyo Lobutov - student, 10th grade, Samokov
Photography: Alexander Ivanov - an independent photographer (see his portfolio here)
Bulgaria has an interesting old legend that goes like this: “When God was creating Earth he gave different countries something beutiful from nature. Some got pretty mountains, others got generous lands and there were those that got incredible coasts and seas. At the end when it was time for Bulgaria there was nothing left. So then God took a part of heaven and gave it to Bulgaria.”
Interesting Facts about Bulgaria
According to MENSA International, Bulgaria holds the second place in the world when it comes to the organisation’s intelligence tests. In 2004, after the MENSA intelligence tests took place, Bugaria’s own Daniela Simidchieva was declared the most inteligent woman in the world with an IQ of almost 200.
The first handheld digital clock was created by the Bulgarian Petar Petrov.
The first airbag to protect pilots and drivers was invented in 1957 by the Bulgarian Asen Yordanov.
Jet engines of the module “Eagle,” which allowed astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to land on the moon, was invented by Dr. Ivan Nochev of Bulgaria.
Bulgaria is ranked third in Europe only behind Greece and Italy in the discovery of precious archaeological monuments.
Bulgaria is proud. Bulgaria is a home of wonders and love. Bulgaria is unique and is filled with some of the world’s most beautiful landmarks. Bulgaria is a fantastic place to visit if you are looking to see something new.
The Rojdenstvo Hristovo Monastery
The most beautiful and breathtaking monument of Bulgaria’s friendship with Russia, Rojdenstvo Hristovo, was created as a sign to remember the Russian soldiers and Bulgarian rebels who had given their lives in the name of freedom for Bulgaria during the liberation war. It was built in 1902.
Shipka is a summit in central “Old mountain” where the epic Shipka battles were held during Russia’s liberation war with Turkey. The summit simbolises the heroics and the sacrifice of both Russian and Bulgarian soldiers for the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman conquest. The public appreciation of the thousands given their lives for our freedom has found tangible expression in more than 440 monuments all around Bulgaria.The most impressive one is the monument of liberty on the Shipka summit which height is 31.5 m.
The Rila Lakes
The legend of the seven Rila Lakes begins many years ago when Earth still hadn’t been populated by people like us today. Back then, a man and a woman—both giants—lived in the mountain Rila. They loved each other wholeheartedly, and they loved their home as well. They were so happy that their love made the entire world happy.
One day, however, evil forces went by their home. When they saw that such a beautiful place existed they got jealous of their family happiness and decided to destroy everything and kill the giants’ love, forever. The evil forces sent black clouds and very strong winds. Scary earthquakes shook the Earth...
The male giant fiercely defended every blade of grass, every little streamlet, and defended his beloved in an attempt to counter the evil forces’ atack. That by itself only angered the evil forces even more. They were certain to finish what they started.
In a heavy battle, the young giant was killed. Happy with their achievment, the evil forces had left behind broken rocks, destroyed lowlands, and a broken-hearted woman. The young female giant’s sadness was so powerfull that she couldn’t stop crying. Her tears ran down the ridges of the mountain into the lowlands, and creating deep, clear, and perfectly clean lakes.
Today, mountain guides would show a huge rock near “Tear” lake. Depicted on the rock are an enormous man and a woman. they are the figures of the couple who will remain there to protect their beutiful home forever.