Bulgarians Bow to National Hero Vasil Levski

Society | February 19, 2012, Sunday // 11:00|  views

The hanging of Vasil Levski in Sofia.

Thousands of ordinary people and Bulgaria's most high-ranking state officials will commemorate Sunday the 139th anniversary of the death of national hero, freedom fighter Vasil Levski.

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev and Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, as well as a number of other cabinet members and Members of the Parliament will take part in the memorial service at the St. Sofia church and will lay wreaths at the Levski Monument in downtown Sofia, erected at the place Levski was hanged in 1873.

Mayor of Sofia, Yordanka Fandakova, is hosting the event.

Levski was sentenced to death by an Ottoman court and executed in Sofia on February 18 (February 6 old style), 1873.

Memorial services for Levski are held across the country – in Levski's native town of Karlovo, the town of Kazanlak, the cities of Blagoevgrad, Yambol, Lovech, and Burgas among many others, as people pay tribute to the hero at his numerous monuments, including the Levski Memorial in downtown Sofia.

On Saturday, a memorial plaque dedicated to Vasil Levski was placed and officially inaugurated near the St. Petka of the Saddlers Church in downtown Sofia.

The Sofia City Hall announces a number of traffic and parking restrictions in the area of the Vasil Levski Monument, the Alexander Nevsky cathedral, and the St. Sofia church. Boulevard Vasil Levski, on which the monument is located, will be closed for traffic from 3 pm to 10 pm; parking on the northern side of the Alexander Nevsky square is banned from 8 am to 7 pm., and from 3 pm to 7 pm on the Vasil Levski and Dondukov boulevards, and adjacent streets.

There are also changes in the routes of trolleys numbers 1, 2 and 4, which, between 3 pm and 10 pm, will not go near the monument and will be detoured through downtown Sofia.

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