Bulgarian Parliament Exhibit Honors 'Apostle of Freedom'

Society | June 10, 2012, Sunday // 13:18|  views

The building of the Bulgarian Parliament in downtown Sofia. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

Bulgaria's Parliament is holding Sunday and open doors day with the building open for visitors between 11 am and 5 pm.

The initiative is part of the program to honor the 175th anniversary of the birth of the all-time greatest Bulgarian Vasil Levski, dubbed the Apostle of Freedom, who was born on July 18 1837.

There is a special display inside the building of the Parliament with some of Levski's personal belongings.

For the first time in the last 11 years, visitors will be able to see Levski's famous diary, where he kept notes and account of expenses. In addition, the exhibit showcases the first postal stamp with his portrait, his hair locks, his silver cross, his knife, his revolver, and the shackle used to chain him in the Sofia prison.

There is also a display of portraits of Bulgaria's national hero.

The items for the exhibit have been provided by the National Museum Vasil Levski in his native town of Karlovo, the Regional History Museum in the city of Lovech, the Military History Museum in Sofia and the National Library in Sofia.

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