March 2, 2021

Significant places associated with the Liberation of Bulgaria – Part 1

On the 3rd of March Bulgaria celebrates its Liberation Day. Why is this day so important to us and what is the history behind it? In the 14th century, Bulgaria fell under the Ottoman rule and its territory became part of the expanding Ottoman empire. Our country reappeared on the map of the world again after the Russo-Ottoman War (1877–1878). This means that the Bulgarians managed to preserve themselves as a nation, keep their faith and traditions for 5 centuries while living under foreign rule. Longing for the Liberation of Bulgaria Before the Russo-Ottoman war, the Bulgarians tried to achieve liberation on their own by organizing uprisings. Sadly, all attempts were unsuccessful, but in reality they served an important purpose – they showed the rest of the world that Bulgaria still existed and deserved to be independent. The April Uprising of 1876 was the one that had the biggest significance for the re-establishment of Bulgaria. The rebels were brutally suppressed by the Ottoman forces, which resulted in a public outcry […]