Bulgaria (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide) by DK Publishing

By DK Publishing

Regardless of its eu place, Bulgaria is a shockingly undiscovered nation wealthy in traditional assets, background, and tradition. This lavishly illustrated consultant covers every little thing from Bulgaria's capital, Sofia, to the traditional geographical region villages of Koprivshtitsa and Veliko Turnovo. absorb the various flavors of Bulgaria, area by means of quarter, with attractions, shores, markets, and fairs indexed city by way of town.
Full colour maps and town plans provide help to discover the capital and the areas intensive, whereas detailed positive factors clarify the historical past, cultural background, conventional fairs, and native food. Walks, scenic routes, and thematic excursions integrated to teach you the way to utilize the country's attractive components of common good looks, together with the mind-blowing wild mountain levels and the dramatic Black Sea beach, will make sure that you don't pass over a specific thing, no matter what your budget!

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
Packed with photos, illustrations, and maps
Cutaways and ground plans of the entire significant sights
3D aerial perspectives of the city's finest districts
Huge number of resorts, eating places, shops, and leisure venues
Specially devised jogging excursions, particular occasions information

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Rila Monastery’s frescoes are a lively mix of Orthodox icon painting styles, European realism and traditional Bulgarian folk art. DOMESTIC ART AND ARCHITECTURE The upsurge in Bulgarian culture was accompanied by changes in lifestyle. Wealthy merchants were travelling widely and building large family houses, often using traditional Bulgarian crafts in their design and construction. House painters used Bulgarian folk art as the inspiration for the colourful floral designs with which they covered outer façades and reception rooms.

Wood carvers incorporated floral motifs, bird shapes and sunburst patterns into intricate fretted ceilings. This all maintained a link with the past and reinforced a national identity. This increasing demand for artists in turn led to the development of schools of art – at Tryavna, Samokov and Boyana for example. This artistic legacy remains and can still be seen in Plovdiv, Koprivshtitsa, Tryavna, Veliko Tûrnovo and elsewhere. Lyutov House, Koprivshtitsa, has ceilings with ornate flower motifs and paintings of exotic cities visited by the owner, a yoghurt merchant.

The death of Stalin in 1953 was followed by the fall of his close associates in Eastern Europe, and in 1956 Chervenkov stepped down in favour of Todor Zhivkov. Although he allowed greater cultural freedom, Zhivkov remained a hardline Communist loyal to the Soviet Union. By the early 1980s, the Bulgarian economy was stagnating and Zhivkov could no longer rely on full employment and improving standards of living to ensure continuing support. He also launched a policy of bringing Bulgaria’s Turks into the national fold.

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