This statue on (I think) ul Kiril Startsev commemorates the Tryavna-born Nationalist hero Angel Kunchev.
As a teenager Angel Kanchev was an ardent believer in the Bulgarian revolutionary cause and became a member of the Second Bulgarian Legion, based in Serbia, in the late 1860's. Following the Legion's disbandment he moved to Romania where he was involved the distribution of the newspaper "Dunavska Zora" which exhorted the Bulgarian people to take up arms against the Ottoman regime.
In 1871 he was appointed as a deputy to Levski by the Bulgarian Revolutionary Central Committee with a brief to agitate for the cause in the Northern regions around Ruse. Unfortunately his activities came to the attention of the authorities and he committed suicide, still in his early twenties, here in Ruse after an unsuccesful attempt to escape across the river to Romania.
This magnificently-titled neo-Baroque building is one of Ruse's finest examples of its turn of the century architecture. It is so-called because the rentals from the commercial lets were used to help fund the local schools.
The original building was started in 1898, following an architecture competition won by the Viennese Paul Brank, and completed in 1902. It was designed to host the City Theatre, a public library, casino and several shops.
The present building, renovated and expanded between 1981 and 2005, is still home to the Ruse Theatre with the addition of further meeting and concert halls, commercial spaces and the recent aquisition by the Happy Bar & Grill restaurant chain of a substantial section of the ground floor. It is still a "Profit Yielding Building" and is managed by a Municipal Trust Company.
Favorite thing: This little office, with its multi-lingual staff, is located on the pedestrianised blvd Aleksandrovska, heading east from the Svoboda Square. Here you can get advice and assistance with all the usual tourist queries, including accommodation, public transport, things to do and etc. They have freebie maps and leaflets as well as guidebooks for sale and also act as ticket agents for the theatre and opera.
Favorite thing: Ruse is definitely the easiest city in Bulgaria to navigate on foot. At strategic locations, such as in front of the railway station, there are large, easy-to-read, street maps with all the main places of interest graphically highlighted. The streets themselves are well signposted, in both Cyrillic and Latin characters, and there are also direction signposts, in Bulgarian and English, pointing the way to local features and landmarks.
Located on almost a cosmic landscape - rock massifs, enveloping the picturesque river valley 23 kilometres south-west of the city of Rousse. As if striving to be closer to God, hermit monks settled here during the 11th - 14th century, digging cells, churches and chapels into the rocks. Talented artists painted them with realistic frescos, exquisite in colour and composition, and turned them into a treasure trove of Bulgarian mediaeval painting.
Fondest memory: Unexpected, increwdible!
Ruse as a town is more 1700 y.o. and has great historical sites.
The inner city has beautifull architectonic buildings.
The people are friendly (but poor) and are willing to show you their culture.
Fondest memory: Best memory: well in the evening sitting before the house talking to the local people and having a nice drink together.