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  Levski's Monument (Pametnika Levski)
by hekate

In addition to the excellent tip written by mar1956tin about the Vassil Levski monument I would like to provide some short comments from my side.

The monument looks a bit like an obelisk and it was inaugurated on the place Vasil Levski was hanged by the Turks back in 1873. At that time the place was located in the outskirts of the city but now it is in the heart of the city center.

Every year on 19 of February many Sofia citizens go to Vassil Levski monument and lay wreaths and flowers to mark the 132nd the national hero's death. This year was the 132nd anniversary since Vassil Levski was hanged.

I remember that when I was kid it was more obligatory than spontaneously. Not that people would not do it but during the time of communism it was a tradition to note such events in a very pompous way. The students from all Sofia schools had to go there in certain order and to lay their flowers in front of the monument. The same was valid for all big institutions and companies in the capital.

Nowadays, only people who really honor Bulgarian history and traditions go there which in my view is much better because thus we avoid the hypocrisy that was typical for the past. May be the crowds gathering there on that day are not that impressive with their size but at least the people who go there on that day do it from their heart.

Address: Vasil Levski Blvd.
Directions: Right next to Serdika Hotel and Tequila Bar.

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  • Updated Feb 22, 2005
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