Imperial Hotel

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

23-26 March 2020

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© GEOLINKS by Saima Consult. 

ISSN: 2603-5472

Social Program

Cultural, archeological and arts world heritage in one-day trip

All GEOLINKS participants will have a full day experience in the most-visited Bulgarian historical sights. Diving into the history, the craftsmanship and the traditions of the 13-century old nation of Bulgaria. 

The trip is free for all participants and promise intensive program, guided by professional guides. The trip will take you to the unique villages in the mountain, gave name of the Balkan Peninsula - Stara Planina, which keeps throughout the centuries the magic and authenticity of the past decades.

Shipka

The Memorial Temple of the Birth of Christ

The Orthodox church was build to memorate the Russian, Ukranian and Bulgarian soldiers, which were part of the liberation of Bulgaria. It's been designed in seventeenth-century Muscovite style, under the direction of the Russian architect Alexander Pomerantsev. 

The church's bell tower reaches a height of 53 m and its bells, the heaviest of which weighs 12 tons, were cast from the cartridges that were collected after the battles. In the temple itself, the names of the Russian regiments and Bulgarian volunteers are inscribed on 34 marble plates. The remains of the perished are laid in 17 stone sarcophagi in the church's crypt.

Etar

Open Air Ethnographic Museum "Etar"

In Open Air Ethnographic Museum "Etar" is the only one in Bulgaria and one of the very few in Europe with a unique collection of the old-times water-driven machinery in Bulgaria.

It consists of 10 objects and its one of the most riches and well kept active technical collection around the European museums on the open air. This is the reason the water wheel to be the emblem to the Etar. The most important specialty to the collection is that all objects are in action as it was it the past. The craftsman trade street offers 16 models to the Balkan architecture, showing the original talent to Revival builders.

The living premises and the workshops are detached in the so-called "craftsmen's street". Sixteen architectural patterns of Gabrovo district depict the talent and skill of the Renaissance builders. Different interiors, homemade weaving, icon painting are shown on the second floor of the houses. On the ground floors numerous crafts are revived: there are workshops for sandals, a furriery, a coppersmithery, cow-bells workshop, pottery making workshop, workshop for silverware and woodcarving, for producing carts, national folk instruments, a cutlery, bakery and confectionery with a coffee shop, as well as a rich collection of medicinal plants and herbs.

There the craftsmen are manufacturing different products and selling them directly from the workshops. In this way, the visitors enjoy the opportunity to observe the ancient technologies, the original instruments, to have a conversation with the masters. They can bay a handmade hammered knife, wooden bowl, copper coffee pot, patterned earthen jug, silver jewelry, a Gabrovian rug, icon with a wood-carved icon-stand, or a curing medicines from the herbs-selling shop a souvenir to memorize their trip in Etar.

Tryavna

The Memorial Temple of the Birth of Christ

The small town-museum of Tryavna keeps the spirit of wealthy and talented Bulgarians in the middle ages. It is famous for its textile industry and typical National Revival architecture. During our visit, we will see the town square with the authentic clock tower, dating back from 1814. Another attraction is the "kivgireniyat" bridge, built above the river behind the clock tower. 

One of the most visited museums in the town is the Daskalov house, which features the famous wood-carved suns. The house is a museum of woodcarving and icon painting art.

You will have the opportunity to visit another house museums as well as the trading street with lots of souvenier shop and craftsman goods. 

Gabrovo

The international capital of humor and satire

The longest Bulgarian city houses the home of the humor and satire, proud of which are the citizens, known for their sense of humor and money-saving. It is said of the Gabrovians that they cut off the tails of their cats so they can close the door quickly and save heat when letting a cat out; hence, the black cat with a cut-off tail has turned into a long-lasting symbol of Gabrovo town.

You will be able to visit the one and only House of Humor and Satire, which houses expositions of traditional local and international humor art, including cartoons, photographs, paintings, sculptures, and verbal humor.