Varna is the largest city in northern Bulgaria, as well as on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. It is the third largest city in Bulgaria and the center of the homonymous municipality and district. Varna is a port city with a population of 360,423 inhabitants according to the latest information, but unofficially they are more than 500,000. Varna is often referred to as the capital of Bulgaria. Varna is a large cultural center with developed sea tourism, it is also a starting point for many health resorts on the north coast of the Black Sea. Near the town is Evxinograd, the seat of the Bulgarian Council of Ministers, as well as the Presidency, in the summer months. In the vicinity of the town there are the summer resorts “Sv. Sv. Konstantin i Elena” (including “Slantschev den”) and ” The cultural life is also at a good level. In the city there is an opera, dramatic and puppet theater, summer theater, movie theaters. Varna was declared the best city to live in Bulgaria for the last two years. The cultural life is also at a good level. In the city there is an opera, dramatic and puppet theater, summer theater, movie theaters. Varna was declared the best city to live in Bulgaria for the last two years.
Many cultural events take place in Varna, the most popular of which is the International Choir Assembly, organized at the end of May; In June, the International Theater Festival – part of the festival “Varna Summer” – takes place; Also popular is the international festival for orchestras and ensembles that perform classical music in July and August. Other important cultural events are: The folkloric festival with international participation, which takes place in August; the international cinema festival “Lyubovta e ludost” (“Love is crazy”), in September; Festival of Bulgarian cinematography “Zlatnata roza” (“Golden Rose”); the festival of puppet theater “Zlatniyat delfin” (“Golden Dolphin”) in October, the week of the sea and others. The city’s Historical Museum houses the oldest pot of gold in the world, known as the Varna culture. On the territory of the city is also the Archaeological Museum, housed in the former girls’ school. The Museum of Rebirth is housed in a building that was built in 1861 and declared a cultural monument. The Naval Museum is located at the beginning of the Seegarten and its collection contains many exhibits associated with Bulgarian military and merchant shipping. The Park Museum Vladislav Varnentschik is located in the northwestern part of the city. The Ethnographic Museum is housed in an old nineteenth-century reincarnation building. The collection of the natural science museum includes species, specific to the Bulgarian flora and fauna. The Aquarium and the Museum of the Black Sea are the first and only marine biological exposure in the country. The art gallery dates from 1950. The exhibition includes works by the most prominent Bulgarian artists, as well as works by famous foreign artists donated to the gallery by the residents of the city. A branch of the museum is the house – Museum of Georgi Veltschev. An exhibition of icons, painted since the Bulgarian Revival period, is kept in the church of St. Atanasyi, which was built in the 13th century and is located near the Roman thermal baths. The church itself is original with its unique murals and icons and the wooden carved altar. The Museum of Medicine is the only one on the Balkan Peninsula. The exhibition includes medicinal herbs, models of the human body and tools and clothing used in medical practice from ancient times to the present day. The Museum of the History of Varna has a rich collection. It contains the golden treasure of Varna dating back 6,000 years, making it the oldest gold in the world.
Links for the region
http://www.varna.bg – Web Site of Varna Municipality
http://www.moreto.net – Guide to sightseeing, museums, entertainment.
http://www.varnainfo.com – Varna City Information Page
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varna – Information about Varna