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Shipka Monument, Shipka Pass, Bulgaria

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Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on September 13, 2009

Shipka Monument", Shipka Pass, Bulgaria

Shipka Pass - 1150 m./3820 ft. is a scenic mountain pass through the Balkan Mountains (Stara Planina) in Bulgaria.

During the Russo-Turkish War in 1877 and 1878, Shipka Pass was the scene of a series of conflicts collectively named the Battle of Shipka Pass, fought between the Russians aided by Bulgarian volunteers and the Ottoman Empire.

The Shipka Memorial is on Stoletov Peak near the pass, reached by a flight of steps or a short road. It is a memorial to those who died for the Liberation of Bulgaria during the Battles of Shipka Pass in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78. It was opened with a ceremony in 1934 and designed by architect Atanas Donkov and sculptor Aleksandar Andreev.

The monument is a 31.5-metre (98-foot) high stone tower in the form of a truncated pyramid. A giant bronze lion, 8 m (26 feet) long and 4 m (13 feet) high, stands above the entrance to the tower, and a figure of a woman represents the victory over the Ottoman forces. A marble sarcophagus housing some of the remains of the Russian and Bulgarian casualties is located on the first floor. There are four other floors where one can find replica of Bulgarian military flags and other relics, and the top of the tower reveals a panorama of Shipka Peak and the surrounding area.

"Shipka Monument" is wonderful place with a large view in all over directions and if the day is very clear you can see also the Danube River in the north.

In the part south of the Shipka Pass just down the mountain there you can see the Beautiful church of the Temple Monument of Birth of Christ in the surroundings of the village Shipka. Don't miss to visit this pictureful church too.

Going down to the part north of the Pass Shipka you can go and visit many other churches, many monasteries in this area - Sokolski Monastery, Drianovski Monastery and the Cave just nearby "Bacho Kiro", Gabrovo, Veliko Tarnovo with all the churches and monasteries nearby, many villages like Arbanasi and Bojentsi, which saved the history architecture of Bulgaria and the small special village, which is an Open Air Museum called "Etara - Architectural-Ethnographic Complex". In the near future I will try to present you also these interesting places.

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tsolovi on September 14, 2009

Здравей! Очакваме снимки от Шипка,морето ...и от къде другаде!

Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on September 15, 2009

Здравейте Приятели,

Тук съм, не съм се изгубила, но доста неща ми се случиха по време на тази ваканция, включително е последната ми снимка "шедьовър". :-) Важното е обаче, че аз оцелях от полета и отново съм тук! ;-)

Сигурна съм, че има много снимки в много ваши галерии да гледам и лека полека и това ще сторя. Направих разбира се и много нови снимки, някои от тях пък съм затрила по грешка, ама все нещо ми е останало и по/късно ще покажа тук.

А Цолов има едни много интересни идеи и аз се надявам скоро да ни ги каже във форума, очаквам.

Поздрави, Мими

Faintlightofdawn on September 16, 2009

Lovely monument, looks a lot older than that!

Best wishes, Fai

romulus111 on September 23, 2009

Świetny kadr. Super photo.Romulus

Mariyana Mirandzheva on September 27, 2009

Fai, that monument was build up 1934 Y. It is on the peak of the Balkan mountain - Shipka In that place during the war 1877 -1878 between Russia and Turkey have dead a lot of soldiers - Russian and Bulgarian .In the and of war Bulgaria is free after 500 Turkey yoke Много хубава снимка Мими

Nadia Kushnir on December 13, 2009

Сурово и торжественно!

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  • Uploaded on September 13, 2009
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    by Minka Tsoneva (Mimip…
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ28
    • Taken on 2009/08/11 11:11:49
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 4.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash