Exhibition for 250th Year of Bulgaria's First History Book Opens in Sofia

Society | November 19, 2008, Wednesday // 00:00
Bulgaria Exhibition for 250th Anniversary of Bulgaria's First History Opens in Sofia: Exhibition for 250th Year of Bulgaria's First History Book Opens in Sofia Bulgaria's Culture Minister Danailov opened Wednesday an exhibition dedicated to the 250th anniversary since the writing of Istoriya Slavyanobulgarskaya. Photo by Culture Ministry

Bulgaria's Culture Minister Stefan Danailov opened Tuesday a national exhibition dedicated to 250th anniversary since the writing of Bulgaria's history book "Istoriya Slavyanobulgarskaya" by the Bulgarian monk Paisiy Hilendarski in 1762.

The exhibition in the National Library St. Cyril and St. Methodius is part of a series of events celebrating the work of Father Paisiy, spanning over a period of five years - until 2012 when the actual 250th anniversary of the book is.

Father Paisiy's Istoriya Slavyanovbulgarskaya is not the first attempt to write a history of the Bulgarian nation but it is considered the most significant as its distribution around the Bulgarian-populated lands at the end of the 18th century led to the Bulgarian National Revival, which culminated into the National Liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman Empire in 1878.

Istoriya Slavyanobulgarskaya was crucial for raising the awareness of the Bulgarian people as one national entity, and for prompting them to assert their self-determination, and to seek national independence.

The exhibition presents 24 original copies of Father Paisiy's history, which was distributed around Bulgaria through hand-written copies, and was read to the groups of Bulgarians all across the country by the heroes of the Bulgarian National Revival - monks, priests, teachers.

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