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My London Journey | W Hotel


Architects: Jestico + Whiles
Location: Leicester Square, London, England
Photography: thealzblog
(The photographs are taken with my phone that’s why quality is not good.)IMG_0173
“The façade of the hotel has been wrapped in a second skin of frameless glazing, which is suspended from the face of the building like a floating sheer veil and etched with an undulating, abstract pattern, reminiscent of the folds in a theatre curtain and evoking the cinematic legacy of the locale.
Jestico + Whiles’ design allows for the façade of the building to function like a vast pixellated screen capable of projecting dynamic light installations during the hours of darkness. This striking visual effect is achieved by a sophisticated ceramic frit applied to the optically corrected glass of building’s outer skin, allowing it to ‘hold’ and project the light, without obstructing views outwards from the guestroom windows.”

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Explore Sofia | St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

3St. Alexander Nevsky is the symbol of Sofia and primary tourist attraction. The temple was built in honor of the Russian Emperor Alexander the 2nd, also known as the Tsar – Liberator, whose army liberated Bulgaria of the five-century long Ottoman Dominion in 1878.IMG_6305IMG_6299IMG_6311The bell tower is 53 meters high and has 12 bells, the heaviest of them weighing 12 tons, and the smallest one – 10 kg. Their ringing can be heard from a radius of 15 kilometers. IMG_63392St. Alexander Nevsky occupies an area of 3,170 square metres (34,100 sq ft) and can accommodate up to 5,000 people. It is the second-largest cathedral located on the Balkan Peninsula, after the Cathedral of Saint Sava in Belgrade.IMG_6300IMG_6306 The entrance doors of the temple were made of Slavonia oak.IMG_6334IMG_6317IMG_6316IMG_6314IMG_6333IMG_6332IMG_6329 Beautiful chandeliers at the entrance. IMG_6331IMG_6319This picture is taken inside the Cathedral.IMG_6324Oh, I love to take pictures of the ground. IMG_6308 IMG_6397The domes of the temple are covered with gold and attract attention from miles away. 
1IMG_6349The temple interior is unique – it impresses with its magnificent marble decorations, with its mural paintings and 82 icons, made by Bulgarian, Russian and Czech artists. (photos: BulgariaTravel)Information: Wikipedia and BulgariaTravel
Photographs are by me.

Posts about Bulgaria

Below you’ll find links to all the posts I’ve written about Bulgaria so far. 😉

Church of St. GeorgeThe Rila Monastery St.Ivan of Rila
Boyana Church (photo: Todor Bozhinov)
The Glozhene Monastery (photo: Klearchos Kapoutsis)
Ivan Vazov National TheatrePlovdiv (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)Bulgarian Revival Architecture (photo: TwoWings)KaloferLovechBurgasBulgarian Projects (Red Apple Apartment Building, Graffiti Café, |CON|temporary Library Installation, Forget Your Past) Photo: Courtesy of Aedes StudioI/O Architects

The Glozhene Monastery

The Glozhene Monastery of “St. George the Victorious” is situated at 840 m above sea level on a rocky hill in the Teteven Valley. According to legend it was founded in the 13th century by the Kiev Prince Glozh. The monastery church was erected after the creation of the monastery in the 14th century, but was destroyed by earthquake in 1913 along with its frescoes. The modern church (the white building) was constructed in 1951 on the grounds of the old one.

Photograph above: skero  Photographs below: Klearchos Kapoutsis.
The Monastery is situated at a distance of about 15 km from the town of Teteven and at 17 km from the village of Glozhene, where its name comes from. It was declared an architectural, constructional and historical monument by Protocol of the National Cultural Monuments Council of 19 June 2006. In nowadays the monastery is still an active male monastery.

Photographs below: BulgariaTravel 
Source: BulgariaTravel, Wikipedia

See my other posts about Bulgaria:

The Rila Monastery
My trip to Kalofer
Bulgarian Revival Architecture
My trip to Lovech
I ♥ Plovdiv
I ♥ Plovdiv | Part 2 of 3
I ♥ Plovdiv | Part 3 of 3
My Trip to Burgas

I ♥ Plovdiv

Here is a tip from me, if you are coming to Bulgaria don’t forget to visit Plovdid!! In my opinion, it is the most beautiful city in Bulgaria! There is a kind of magic in Plovdiv. It is the only city in Bulgaria where you can see remains of ancient, mediaeval, revival and modern culture and they don’t stand in each other’s way, they complement and enrich each other.
I was thinking how to start this post, there is so much to tell you about this city, but I guess Plovdiv is best-known for its Ancient theatre, which is the only restored and functional antique theatre in Bulgaria. It was built by Emperor Mark Avrelii in the beginning of the 2nd century during the reign of the Roman Emperor Trajan and between 1968 and 1984 it was studied, conserved and restored.
It is divided into two parts with 14 rows each divided with a horizontal lane and it could accommodate up to 7,000 people.One of the entrances.The three-story scene is on the southern part and is decorated with friezes, cornices and statues. Many events are still held on the scene, including the Verdi festival and the International Folklore festival.

The “St.St. Konstantin and Elena” Church is one of the oldest Christian temples in Plovdiv. It was built in 337 in honour of Emperor Konstantin and his mother Elena, who chased away the pagan Gods outside the confines of the Roman Empire. It was ruined and reconstructed several times by Romans, Greeks, Turks and Bulgarians. In the beginning of 19 c. the Bulgarian patriot Todor Moravenov undertook one sacred deed – he initiated the collection of voluntary donations for the reconstruction of the church. The paints inside “St.St. Konstantin and Elena” Church have preserved their unfading brighitness ever since. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to go inside the church. 😦
The bell tower of the church.The Plovdiv Regional Ethnographic Museum has occupied the 1847 house of the rich merchant Argir Kuyumdzhioglu in the city’s Old Town. He was a prominent homespun trader who owned a company in Vienna. The house has been described as a prime example of Plovdiv’s specific mid-19th century Baroque architecture. It has two stories on its west side and four stories on its east side, 12 rooms, airy salons and a symmetric facade. Both the house’s interior and exterior decoration rely on sophisticated floral motives. The ceiling in each room is wood-carved. The house has an inner yard with a gorgeous garden!How cute are these small stores!!  Some of them sell antiques 😉Ahhh, beautiful!!Sources:

I was in Plovdiv last week just for a day, but I have more then 200 pictures. Which means that I will write more posts about this city. Stay tuned!

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My trip to Kalofer

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My trip to Lovech

My Trip to Lovech

One of my best friends is originally from Lovech and she always invites me to visit her hometown. Last week I finally did this short trip. Lovech is a small and quiet city in north-central Bulgaria, so two days was enough to see everything I needed to. To be honest, the new part of the town didn’t impress me much. In contrast, the old part of Lovech has a rich cultural heritage and in my opinion, it’s is really a must-see!Lovech is one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria and it is best known for its medieval fortress. For more details go to monument of Vasil Levski. He was a Bulgarian revolutionary and a national hero of Bulgaria.The Ethnographic museum is a must-see in Lovech!
“Between 1872 and 1874, the Bulgarian master-builder Nikola Fichev, known also as Kolyu Ficheto, built the famous Covered Bridge over the river Osam, the only one of its kind in the Balkans. The bridge was burned out in 1925, but rebuilt in 1931. Now it connects the new and the old part of the town and it’s full of cafes, small restaurants and many souvenir shops.” via wikipedia.orgIf you like this post then you might also like one of these:
My trip to Kalofer
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My Trip to Kalofer

I’m sorry I didn’t blog last week. I was away on holiday (It was a well deserved break) and I didn’t sit in front of a computer that entire week. I just wanted to stay away from all electronics. No Facebook, Twitter or WordPress!! We had great time!! It was so much fun and I feel so relaxed and refreshed now!! ♥
So, I was in Burgas, Lovech and Kalofer. Today’s post is about Kalofer. I simply love it! (I can’t believe I haven’t been there before.) The town is full of history and traditions, but it is best known as the birthplace of Bulgarian poet and revolutionary Hristo Botev.
 During the Bulgarian National Revival the town became a centre of revolutionary activity. It has been burnt down at least three times. Each time when the town was burnt, the people of Kalofer built it all over again, carrying stones from their own farming land, working through the night. Hristo Botev Monument in Kalofer. He was a Bulgarian poet and national revolutionary. Botev is a symbolic historical figure and national hero, who died for the freedom of Bulgaria. Every year at exactly 12:00 on 2 June, air raid sirens throughout all of the country resonate for a minute to honour Hristo Botev. We all stand still for 2 to 3 minutes until the sirens are stopped.Botev’s house.Not only the natural beauty of Kalofer makes it famous, but also its beautiful churches and monasteries. Following a small street could take you to the Convent for girls, inheriting four metochions, in which Anastasia Dimitrova, the first Bulgarian female teacher, has been educated. The monastery for men has been open since 1640, and the convent for nuns since 1700. Today, both of them, despite the numerous burnings, are open for visitors. We didn’t have time to visit them both, the pictures below are from monastery for girls. Kalofer is known in Bulgaria for the traditional Bulgarian all-male “horo” danced in the ice-cold river on Epiphany (one of the major Christian holidays in Bulgaria).  (Photography: Deqna and Balkanregion)Source:
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Bulgarian Revival Architecture

During the 19th century in Bulgaria there were different ways of construction, depending on the geographical location of a given region, but they all represented one and the same spirit, conventionally called “Bulgarian Revival Architecture”. There are the following types of houses and each of them has its varieties.
Koprivshtitsa is one of the most outstanding treasures of Bulgarian architecture, culture and history. It is a true museum town, located east of the capital Sofia, along the southern slopes of the Balkan Range. The houses here are painted in blue, yellow, brick and red. Surrounded by high stone walls fitted with heavy wooden gates. The streets are cobbled with stone and lead to small squares, beautiful fountains and little bridges. During the National Revival the town was famous for its merchants, enlighteners, writers and revolutionaries.
It shelters almost 400 untouched buildings of the Bulgarian National Revival period. It seems that time has stopped here, especially because it is still flecked with the rhythms and traditions of the country life. Photography: Gudarovski

The Lutova House  was constructed in 1854 by a young tradesman, and shows some original architectural features such as the double ladder and the outlined windows. The interior represents a multitude of mural paintings and fine decorations. Photography: Sibir 
The House-museum of Dimcho Debelianov (Bulgarian poet) Photography: 1. Delyana photos 2,3,4. forum.svatbata

The house-museum of Todor Kableshkov  (a 19th-century Bulgarian revolutionary and one of the leaders of the April Uprising) Photography: 1.todmarin 2.uli 3,4.tili 5,6.TwoWings

The house and the monument of Georgi Benkovski  (a 19th-century Bulgarian revolutionary and one of the leaders of the April Uprising). Photography: 2.inews (Lilia Ivanova) 3.lilyphotos 4.Елицаphotos

The Oslekov house was constructed it in 1856 by the tradesman Nencho Oslekov.  Its façade includes beautiful wooden columns, made of Lebanon cedar, curious drawings that represent views from Padova, Venice and Rome. The inside is covered with wood, fine frescoes and exquisite decorations are preserved there.  Photography: 1.siskata, 2.dzver, 3.Thief  4.infobg

The Karavelov House, which was constructed in 1834 and was a home of the  Ljuben Karavelov (a Bulgarian writer and an important figure of the Bulgarian National Revival). Photography: TwoWings