Bulgaria Commemorates the Apostle of Freedom

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria Commemorates the Apostle of Freedom Commemorative ceremonies on the occasion of the 135th sad anniversary from the hanging of Bulgaria's Apostle of Freedom Vassil Levski are held across the country on Tuesday. Photo by Nadya Kotseva (Sofia Photo Agency)

Commemorative ceremonies on the occasion of the 135th sad anniversary from the hanging of Bulgaria's Apostle of Freedom Vassil Levski are held across the country on Tuesday.

A ceremony, which will force changes in traffic, is to start at 6 pm in downtown Sofia at the Apostle's monument.

Dirges and commemorative rallies will be held also in the towns of Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo, Pleven and Lovech. In Levski's hometown of Karlovo a rally to his house will be staged and wreaths laid in front of the monument of Apostle's mother, Ghina Kuncheva.

Vassil Levski (1837-1873) was the leading revolutionary of the national movement for Liberation from the nearly 500 years of Ottoman rule.

He established numerous revolutionary committees and started preparing a general uprising. Levski was betrayed and captured by the Turks in late 1872 and was executed after a trial on February 18, 1873.
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