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Vasil Levski Monument, Sofia

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The Monument to Vasil Levski in the centre of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, is one of the first monuments to be built in the then newly liberated Principality of Bulgaria. It commemorates the hanging of Bulgarian national hero and major revolutionary figure Vasil Levski on the same spot on 18 February 1873.

The monument is 13 m high, made of grey Balkan granite and designed by Czech architect Antonín Kolář. The bronze bas-relief of the head of Levski, part of the monument, was created by Josef Strachovský, whereas Italian Abramo Peruchelli did the stonecutting work. It was inaugurated on 22 October 1895, but was planned and worked on ever since the Liberation of Bulgaria in 1878, the construction being hindered by a chronic lack of funds and negligence, and taking a whole 17 years. This ignited a wave of indignation among the Bulgarian intellectuals of the time, with the poet Konstantin Velichkov even branding this carelessness in an 1881 poem.

A draft for the monument featured a large Christian cross over a crescent, but it was rejected as religiously intolerant and incompatible with Levski's proper beliefs in equality and tolerance.
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  • "If I win, will win the entire people. If I lose, I'll lose myself ". This is the most famous of the country's most beloved national hero Vasil Levski. This is the first monument erected in Bulgaria after the liberation from the Ottomans and stands in the same spot where the national hero was hanged. The monument itself is nothing compared to the consideration that the Bulgarians have of this man.
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  • I can't say "nice" this monument, however is for everyone its importance being dedicated to one of the main characters of the Bulgarian history, still widely remembered in that country.
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  • Vasil Levski monument is located on the square named Basil Levski, near the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. It was on this site was executed, the national hero of Bulgaria. Monument for more than 100 years. Looks like an ordinary enough.
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  • Very good
  • An excellent monument devoted to one of the greats of Bulgarian history.
  • Must see for tourists. And bring your guide wi you.
  • A most notable historic place!
  • One of the most important places in Sofia