Exhibition Displays Personal Belongings of Bulgarian Revolutionary Hristo BotevSociety | June 4, 2016, Saturday // 14:04| views
An unique exhibition displaying personal belongings of Bulgarian revolutionary and poet Hristo Botev was unveiled at the building of the presidential institution in downtown Sofia on Saturday.
The exhibition is organised on the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the death of Botev which was marked on Thursday.
In the Coat of Arms Hall of the presidency, visitors will be able to see the only preserved personal belongings of Botev – his pocket diary, the last letter to his family, his pocket watch, his writing accessories, as well as letters, business cards and original photographs.
This constitutes only the second time in the last fifty years that the personal belongings of Botev are displayed in Sofia.
A special part of the exhibition is dedicated to the efforts to preserve the memory of Botev after the liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman rule in 1878.
Visitors will be able read a protocol of the commission on locating the death place of Botev and authentic documents related to the erection of a monument to the poet-revolutionary in Vratsa.
The exhibition also shows personal belongings of Botev's mother – Ivanka Boteva, his wife Veneta Boteva and his daughter Ivanka.
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev personally welcomed the first visitors to the exhibition, with nearly 500 people coming in the first hour within its opening.
The exhibition at the presidency is organised with the assistance of the National museum “Hristo Botev” in his hometown of Kalofer, the State Archive Agency, the National Library “Saints Cyril and Methodius”, the nation-wide foundation in the name of Hristo Botev.
The deed of Botev and all who had fallen for the freedom of Bulgaria is commemorated annually on June 2 when the civil defence siren system is sounded across the country at noon.
Botev, who was born in 1848 in the town of Kalofer, was killed in an armed insurgency against the Ottomans on 1 June 1876.
Shortly after the suppression of the April Uprising, Botev led across the Danube river a company of insurgents, who had been in Romania to prepare for participation in the uprising.
Disembarking near Kozloduy, they marched to Vratsa, trying to stir up insurgency along the way. Failing to do so and outnumbered by the Ottoman troops, they retreated to the mountains above Vratsa where Botev found his death several days later.