Tuesday, September 19, 2017

EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA

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EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA
Chancery: Birčaninova 26, Belgrade
Tel: +381 (11) 3613-980; +381 (11) 3613-990
Fax: +381 (11) 3620-116
E-mail: embassy.belgrade@mfa.bg

Consular Section:
Fax: +381 (11) 3610-666

Cultural Section: Svetogorska 36, Belgrade
Tel: +381 (11) 3244-441
Fax: +381 (11) 3620-116

Commercial Section: Svetogorska 36, Belgrade
Tel: +381 (11) 3244-441
Fax: +381 (11) 3620-116
E-mail: n.todorov@mee.government.bg

Web page: http://www.mfa.bg/embassies/serbia


Working hours:
Monday – Friday: 08.30-16.30h


H.E. Mr. Angel Simeonov DIMITROV

H.E. Mr. Angel Simeonov DIMITROV

Ambassador Dimitrov2Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Republic of Serbia

On April 30, 2012, Prof. Angel Dimitrov presented his Letters of Credence to Acting President Slavica Đukić-Dejanović, accrediting him as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Bulgaria to Serbia.

Before his appointment to Belgrade, Ambassador Dimitrov worked as a professor at the Institute for Historical Studies with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, where he headed a research department. He was also a member of the General Assembly of Scholars of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

From 1994 to 2001 Angel Dimitrov served as the first Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Bulgaria to the Republic of Macedonia. From 1992 to 1993 he was Consul General of Bulgaria in Skopje.

Angel Dimitrov has previously worked as an archaeologist and journalist at the Bulgarian National Radio. He earned his Master’s degree in History and Archaeology at the “St. Kliment Ohridski” University of Sofia and his Ph.D. in History at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Prof. Dimitrov’s academic interests and work include early modern and contemporary history of Bulgaria and the Balkans, as well as history of Bulgarian diplomacy. Angel Dimitrov is the author of five monographs and a number of academic studies and articles. He has specialized in the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic.

Ambassador Dimitrov has served as Chairperson of the Permanent Commission for Social Sciences and Humanities of the Fund for Academic Research (2011), the Bulgarian Foreign Policy Association (2008-2011), the National Endowment Fund “13 Centuries Bulgaria” (1991-1992), and as vice-chairperson of the “Vassil Levski” National Committee.

Ambassador Dimitrov has been awarded the Academic Award for Bulgarian Studies “Paisiy Hilendarski”, granted by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, as well as the Badge of Honor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2001).

National Day: March 3rd (Liberation Day)

Day of St. George and of the Bulgarian Armed Forces – May 6th

Day of the Bulgarian Enlighteners and Culture and Slavonic Alphabet – May 24th

Day of the Unification of Bulgaria – September 6th

Independence Day – September 22nd

Culture and religion
The first people who inhabited the land of future Bulgarians lived as early as the Stone Age, and the first known works of art date from the end of V- IV millennium B.C. and represent variegated and exquisitely decorated ceramics, idol plastic arts, clay temple models, skilfully made flint tools. The rock drawings in the Magura cave and the rich necropolis near Varna on the Black Sea stand out among the finds. The excavations revealed graves with more than 300 objects of pure gold – the oldest processed gold in Europe.

The Thracian treasures have long since provoked admiration all round the world and have been exhibited in many countries. The Vulchitrun gold treasure is the oldest among them. The Panagyurishte gold treasure made of pure gold dates also from that period. The Rogozen gold treasure is the biggest; it was found in northwest Bulgaria and consists of 165 gold-plated silver vessels from the second half of 5th century and the first half of 4th century B.C. Two other treasures – found near Vratsa and near Borovo – also date from the beginning of 4th century B.C.

One of the remarkable sites of old Bulgaria is Perperikon – a multi-storey palace and sanctuary in the eastern part of Rhodope Mountain, located at 15 km to the north-east of today’s town of Kardzhali. The palace has an area of over 10,000 sq.m and more than 50 separate premises – halls, rooms, underground mausoleums with tombs, corridors, indoor staircases. A unique example of Bulgarian monumental plastic arts is the Madara Rider in northeast Bulgaria – the only one in Europe dating from that period (8th – 9th century).

In 893 the capital of Bulgaria moved to Veliki Preslav, which was built in such a manner as to compete with the capital of the great Roman Empire – Constantinople. Veliki Preslav impressed with its numerous monasteries and domains of high aristocrats, all built of stone, marble and decorated with mosaics.

The period of the reign of Tsar Simeon was called Golden Age of Bulgarian Culture. Monumental sculpture, painting and crafts developed along with architecture. The first Bulgarian writers appeared – Ioan Exarch, Constantine of Preslav, Chernorizets Hrabar, Kliment of Ohrid and Naum.

During the Second Bulgarian Kingdom Bulgarian arts blossomed. The mural paintings of Boyana Church (1259), the frescoes in the rock-hewn churches of Ivanovo and numerous icon paintings are masterpieces. The towns of Koprivshtitsa and Plovdiv are real wonders of the architecture of the Bulgarian national revival.

The centre of the new capital was architecturally remarkable with the palace of the tsar, the National Assembly building, the National Theatre building, Alexandr Nevski Memorial Church. The imposing National Palace of Culture was built in the 70-ies of 20th century.

Bulgarian art of the beginning of 20th century is characterised by variety in genre and style. Outstanding are the portraits painted by N.Mihailov and Ts. Todorov, the landscapes of A. Mihov and A. Mutafov, the aquarelles of Konstantin Shtarkelov, the drawings of Ilia Beshkov, A. Bojinov and Boris Angelushev. National motifs are expressed in the works of the painters Ivan Markvichka, Tsanko Lavrenov, Zlatyu Boyadjiev, Vladimir Dimitrov the Master, and many others. The paintings of Iliya Petrov and Dechko Uzunov are distinguished for their exquisiteness.

A group of artists from Plovdiv stood out in the field of pictorial and plastic arts in the 60-ies: Dimitar Kirov, Georgi Bojilov, Yoan Leviev, Hristo Stefanov and Encho Pironkov. Modern artistic trends develop in the work of the painters A. Yaranov, Dimitar Kazakov, I. Kirkov, Svetlin Rusev and others; the black-and-white artists R. Skorchev, P. Chuklev, S. Stoilov, S. Stoyanov and others; the sculptors L. Dalchev, V. Minekov, V. Starchev, G. Chapkanov and others.

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