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    Museum of Urban Lifestyle

    by ChristinaNest Written Sep 1, 2009

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    Housed in the former building of the Prussian Mission, the museum shows how the elite of Ruse lived in the 19 and early 20 cc.
    There are original pieces of furniture and ornaments there, as well as some displays showing typical objects from the 1960's and 70's.
    The funniest thing was the display of a hairsaloon with one of the old 'helmets'.
    The bedroom is all originally furnishes to the last detail, even night potty included.
    Entrance 4 leva, 1 leva for students, children, pensioners.

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    Monument of Liberty

    by ChristinaNest Written Sep 1, 2009

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    Ruse has its own statue of liberty, which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary (in August 2009). The Monument of Liberty was erected in 1909. The sculptures were created by famous Italian sculptor Arnoldo Zocchi, who also created the Tsar Liberator monument in Sofia, Hristo Botev's monument in Vratsa, Garibaldi's monument in Bologna, Columbus' monument in Buenos Aires, General Lafayette's monument in Haverhill USA and others.
    The Monument of Liberty is one of Ruse's symbols.

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    The Liberty Square

    by Nikolay_Ivanov Updated Aug 17, 2011

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    The Liberty Square was built in the early 30s. The local mayor wanted to construct an economic, cultural and political area that would be the centre of the town. The most important places had already been there, actually: The Theatre, The Monument of Liberty, The Garden. The Palace of Justice (in a neoclassical style) and the City Hall (socialist-realistic style) were built afterwards. There are many benches with a view to all these sites. In the evenings the young people gather across the square.

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    Zahari Stoyanov Home Museum

    by ChristinaNest Written Sep 1, 2009

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    Zahari Stoyanov was a revolutionary, writer and historian. He was born in 1850 and died in 1989. He wrote 'Memoirs of the Bulgarian Uprising'. He had an active role in Bulgaria's liberation from the Ottoman Empire. He was married to the daughter of the famous Bulgarian woman Baba Tonka (Grandma Tonka), Anastasia. This house was part of the estate of Anastasia's family, the Obretenovi, most of whom were also involved in revolutionary work.
    The museum has displays on Stoyanov and other revolutionaries.

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    Pantheon

    by msocolin Written Mar 23, 2005

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    Pantheon

    The Pantheon is dedicated to the heroes of the 19th century. There are buried 453 independentists that died fighting for their freedom. The entrance fee is only 0.50Lv, and the curator is a very nice lady, who speaks english and can tell you a lot about Bulgarian history. If you go to Ruse, you can't miss it!

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    Danube river

    by ChristinaNest Written Sep 1, 2009

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    The Danube river marks Bulgaria's northern border with Romania. The Danube is the second longest river in Europe, flowing through ten countries.
    The river has been the main factor for Ruse's growth.
    The only bridge over the Danube, connecting Bulgaria and Romania is at Ruse and Giurgiu, called the Freedom Bridge. Another bridge is being built at Vidin and Kalafat.

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    Ivanovo rock hewn church

    by ChristinaNest Written Oct 8, 2009

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    The Ivanovo rock-hewn churches are in the canyon of Rusenski Lom river, not far from Rousse. There are several of them, but we only visited one, which is on UNESCO's World Heritage list. It's a short climb on a path. If you continue on the path, you will see the beautiful panorama of the river and the rocks on the opposite site.
    The church is just two small rooms in something like a cave in the rock. It's from the 14th century. It's famous for its frescoes which are quite well preserved.
    Entrance: 4 leva; 1 leva for students and children; free for children under 7

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    Have A Walk In The Park

    by johngayton Written Mar 7, 2010

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    Bulgarian's certainly like their public parks and here in Ruse is no exception. The city's main park is the Mladezhki (youngster's) and even in the snow this makes for a pleasant stroll. The park is located just off the city centre, following the pedestrian blvd Aleksandrova past the hospital, and follows the river for about 2 kilometres.

    As expected from a "youngster's" park there's various kids' play areas, a swimming complex (for all ages) and the National Transport Museum. The park is liberally dotted with artworks and sculptures and the riverside sections are particularly scenic.

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    The Pantheon Of National Revival Heroes

    by johngayton Written Mar 7, 2010

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    This seems to be another of Bulgaria's Communist-era monuments which locals have mixed feelings about (as you might note by the grafitti). It was constructed in 1978, the 100th anniversary of Bulgaria's liberation from Ottoman rule by the Russians, to commemorate the 453 local heroes who died during the struggle for freedom.

    It is also a mausoleum containing remains of 39 of the major revolutionary heroes including Angel Kunchev and Lyuben Karavelov. The site was originally the Church of All Saints and in 2001 was re-consecrated with the inclusion of the St Paisius of Hilander Chapel and a cross affixed to the dome.

    Within the monument there is a Revival Exposition but this didn't seem to be open during my visit and so I can't give any details.

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    "Alexandrovska" street

    by Nikolay_Ivanov Updated Aug 17, 2011

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    Ruse was an important commercial centre at the turn of 20th century. The rich people built splendid houses all the way by the central street- "Alexandrovska street". It was named after Alexander I Batenberg, the first ruler of Bulgaria after the Liberation in 1878. It starts from the Library, then goes to the east, crosses the Liberty square, goes by the monument of Stefan Karadja and the language high-school and ends at the former Park of Youth People. It is a 60 minutes- long journey (if you dont stop anywhere)!
    Walk on "Alexandrovska street"- the most beautiful street in Bulgaria!

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    The Monument of Liberty

    by Nikolay_Ivanov Updated Aug 17, 2011

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    The Monument of Liberty is sculptured by arch. Arnoldo Zochi in 1907. It is devoted to the Liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman rule in 1878. It has been one of the symbols of Ruse since then. Now it is a part of the Coat of Arms of Ruse.

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    The Danube river

    by Nikolay_Ivanov Updated Aug 17, 2011

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    The Danube takes its source from Germany, then flows through Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine. Ruse is one of the most important ports in its way. In 19th century Ruse was the point of connection between Bulgaria and Austria. In 20th century Ruse became a significant commercial centre, located near the capital of Romania. For that reason a magnificent bridge was built in the 50s. The Danube is a part of the heart of every citizen of Ruse.
    If you are a romantic person, just walk by The Beautiful Blue Danube!Actually, on the other side there are only forests, because Giurgiu is located a little bit away. You may have the chance to see some cruise ship, usually from Austria.

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    The Danube's Not Blue - It's Pink!

    by johngayton Written Mar 4, 2010
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    For a pleasant walk there's a footpath (well I think there is but it was covered with 6 inches of snow during my visit!) along the river. From this you can watch the working boats plying their trade up and down the river and if you are there at sunset you may be lucky enough to see the Pink Danube as the sun goes down over Romania.

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    Cafe Club Cacao

    by johngayton Written Mar 4, 2010
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    For a pleasant place to stop off for a beer or coffee the trendy Cacao, next door to the Cultural Centre, is as good a place as any. This is a pleasant, friendly, little cafe-bar with arty decor, good service and reasonable prices (I think my Zagorka was about 1.80 leva).

    During the summer I can imagine this being a popular terrace with its location at the start of the park.

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    Don't Forget To Look Up!

    by johngayton Written Mar 7, 2010
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    Ruse's modern development really took off towards the end of the 19th century as it became Bulgaria's main Danube port. A Municipal ordinance actually enshrined in law that the new buildings must be constructed with ornamentation on their frontages. Some of these are stunningly ornate and wouldn't look out of place in, say, Prague or Vienna.

    Here's a few examples:

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