Bulgaria's Cherven Fortress to Seek UNESCO World Heritage Site Status
The central part of Bulgaria's Danube city of Ruse and the Cherven medieval fortress will be proposed for inscription into the indicative list of sites to be included on UNESCO's World Heritage List, according to Plamen Stoilov, Mayor of Shumen.
Stoilov, as cited by Radio Shumen, made clear Friday that the local authorities backed the idea of Ruse-based intellectuals, public figures, and journalists.
He informed that the proposal would be sent to Bulgaria's caretaker Culture Minister Vladimir Penev.
Pavel Dochev, architect, one of the initiators of the proposal, declared that preliminary studies had shown that the proposal was in line with a substantial portion of the official criteria.
UNESCO's World Heritage List currently contains 878 sites from 145 countries.
Bulgaria has a total of 9 sites on the list, one of which, the Ivanovski rock monastery, is located 12 km south of Ruse.
The last Bulgarian site to be included on UNESCO World Heritage List, the Thracian tomb of Sveshtari, was inscribed in 1985.
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