Boyana (Bulgaria)

Boyana (Bulgarian: Бояна) is a neighbourhood of the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, part of Vitosha municipality and situated 8 km south of the city centre, in the outskirts of Vitosha. Boyana is typically regarded as one of the best and most expensive neighborhoods of Sofia to live in. The residents are primary wealty business people, government officials and other important members of the Bulgarian social and political life. Formerly a village, it was incorporated into Sofia in 1961.

In connection to the uprising of Peter Delyan of 1040 and the Pecheneg invasion of 1048, an important stronghold under the name of Boyan(Боян, Βοιάνος) is mentioned in the area, where a garrison led by a voivod called Botko was disposed.

The famous Boyana Church, part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, is located in the neighborhood. Other landmarks include the Boyana Waterfall, the Kopitoto area and the National Historical Museum in the former Boyana Residence. The Boyana Film film centre and the Big Brother Bulgaria house are also part of Boyana.

Boyana’s name was first mentioned in the 11th-century Vision of Daniel in the excerpt РЄЧЄТЬ ОУ БОІАНѢ ѠСТАВИТЄ ТОУ ПЛѢНЬ. The name is most likely derived from the personal name Boyan. An etymology from Vulgar Latin or Balkan Latin *boiana („herdsman’s [river]), from Latinboviana („herdsman’s”) is considered less likely.

Other landmarks include the Boyana Waterfall, the Kopitoto area and the National Historical Museum in the former Boyana Residence. The Boyana Film film centre and the Big Brother Bulgaria house are also part of Boyana.

Source: Wikipedia


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Valencia (Spain)

Valencia on map

Valencia (in Valencian: València) is the capital of the autonomous community of Valencia and its province. It is the third largest city in Spain and the 21st largest in the European Union. It forms part of an industrial area on the Costa del Azahar.

The estimated population of the city of Valencia proper was 810,064 as of 2008 official statistics. The population of the metropolitan area was 1,583,331 (865 km²). Including the satellite urban area of Sagunto, the total population of the extended region was 1,705,742 (1,161 km²). As of 2007, the mayor of Valencia is Rita Barberá Nolla.

Its main festival, the Fallas (Falles in Valencian), has a reputation throughout Spain, while the world famous Spanish dish paella originated around Valencia.

The city contains a dense monumental heritage (including the Lonja de la Seda (World Heritage Site since 1996), but its landmark is undoubtedly the City of Arts and Sciences an avant-garde and futuristic museum complex.

The Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (in Valencian), Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (in Spanish) or City of Arts and Sciences is an ensemble of five areas in the dry riverbed of the now-diverted River Turia in Valencia, Spain.

Designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava in collaboration with Félix Candela, and started in July 1996, it is an impressive example of contemporary architecture.

he „city” is made up of the following, usually known by their Valencian names:

Official website: http://www.cac.es/

Source: Wikipedia

Valencia city tour bus

Valencia city tour bus

. The mock-up of the Cathedral of Valencia (Metropolitan Basilica Cathedral) or Saint Mary of Valencia Cathedral. Most of Valencia Cathedral was built between the XIIIth century and the XVth, and that is why its style is mainly Gothic. One of the supposed Holy Chalices, present around the world, is revered in one of this cathedral's chapels; this chalice has been defended as the true Holy Grail; indeed, most Christian historians all over the world declare that all their evidence points to this Valencian chalice as the most likely candidate for being the authentic cup used at the Last Supper. It was the official papal chalice for many popes, and has been used by many others, most recently by Pope Benedict XVI, on July 9, 2006.[2]. This chalice dates from the 1st century, and was given to the cathedral by king Alfons el Magnànim in 1436.

The mock-up of the Cathedral of Valencia (Metropolitan Basilica Cathedral) or Saint Mary of Valencia Cathedral. Most of Valencia Cathedral was built between the XIIIth century and the XVth, and that is why its style is mainly Gothic. One of the supposed Holy Chalices, present around the world, is revered in one of this cathedral's chapels; this chalice has been defended as the true Holy Grail; indeed, most Christian historians all over the world declare that all their evidence points to this Valencian chalice as the most likely candidate for being the authentic cup used at the Last Supper. It was the official papal chalice for many popes, and has been used by many others, most recently by Pope Benedict XVI, on July 9, 2006. This chalice dates from the 1st century, and was given to the cathedral by king Alfons el Magnànim in 1436.

Other cathedral near to the Turia river

Other cathedral near to the Turia river

Alameda Bridge constructed by Santiago Calatrava

Alameda Bridge constructed by Santiago Calatrava

The park of Turia (garden)

The park of Turia (garden)

A panel at one of the entrances into the park

A panel at one of the entrances into the park

Dolphin

Dolphin

Penguins

Penguins

Shark in the Ocean zone of the complex

Shark in the Ocean zone of the complex

Temperate and Tropical zone

Temperate and Tropical zone

Temperate and Tropical

Temperate and Tropical

The entrance into the tunel from Temperate and Tropical zone

The entrance into the tunel from Temperate and Tropical zone

Jellyfishes (jellies or sea jellies)

Jellyfishes (jellies or sea jellies)

Other tunel

Other tunel

Panel guide

Panel guide

Stingray

Stingray

Fishes into the Temperate and Tropical zone

Fishes into the Temperate and Tropical zone

Ficus (fig)

Ficus (fig)

Under a bridge in the Turia park

Under a bridge in the Turia park

The artificial lake in the centre of the City of Arts and Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias)

The artificial lake in the centre of the City of Arts and Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias)

L'Oceanogràfic — Open-air oceanographic park (entrance). Here you can see the prices of tickets: http://www.cac.es/cac/informacion/tarifas)

L'Oceanogràfic — Open-air oceanographic park (entrance). Here you can see the prices of tickets: http://www.cac.es/cac/informacion/tarifas

The tribune from the Dolphinarium (L'Oceanogràfic)

The tribune from the Dolphinarium (L'Oceanogràfic)

The Dolphinarium (L'Oceanogràfic)

The Dolphinarium (L'Oceanogràfic)

A small shark

A small shark

"Wetlands" zone

"Wetlands" zone

Turtle in the "Wetlands"

Turtle in the "Wetlands"

I think this is a spoonbill or egret...

I think this is a spoonbill or egret...

Pink spoonbills :)

Pink spoonbills 🙂

The dome with birds from Wetlands

The dome with birds, fishes and turtles from Wetlands

Some nice palm trees

Some nice palm trees

Vending machines

Vending machines

A map with L'Oceanogràfic

A map with L'Oceanogràfic

In the left part is a good restaurant

In the left part is a good restaurant

El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe — Science museum

El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe — Science museum

Nice arhitecture

Nice arhitecture

The Devil...

The Devil is with us 🙂

The Music Palace (Palau De La Música)

The Music Palace (Palau De La Música)

Simply beautiful !

Simply beautiful !

A map at Valencia Metro (metrovalencia)

A map at Valencia Metro (metrovalencia)

Alameda subway station

Alameda subway station

Sveshtari (Bulgaria)

Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari

Sveshtari royal tomb below Ginina Mogila Mound - 4th - 3th century BC (www.getika.com)

Sveshtari royal tomb below Ginina Mogila Mound - 4th - 3th century BC (www.getika.com)

The Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari is situated 2,5 km southwest of the village of Sveshtari, Razgrad Province, which is located 42 km northeast of Razgrad, in the northeast of Bulgaria.

Discovered in 1982 in a mound, this 3rd century BC Thracian tomb reflects the fundamental structural principles of Thracian cult buildings.

The tomb’s architectural decor is considered to be unique, with polychrome half-human, half-plant caryatids and painted murals.

The ten female figures carved in high relief on the walls of the central chamber and the decorations of the lunette in its vault are the only examples of this type found so far in the Thracian lands.

It is a remarkable reminder of the culture of the Getae, a Thracian people who were in contact with the Hellenistic and Hyperborean worlds, according to ancient geographers.

Source: Wikipedia

A mine on the road from Rousse to Sveshtari

A mine on the road from Rousse to Sveshtari

Near Sveshtari village

Near Sveshtari village

A table in the forest, near to the Reception centre

A table in the forest, near to the Reception centre

The forest from behind the Reception centre

The forest from behind the Reception centre

Thracians outside the Reception centre

Thracians outside the Reception centre

The road to the tombs

The road to the tombs

The principal tomb (royal tomb)

The principal tomb (royal tomb)

Reception centre

Reception centre

Royal tomb

Royal tomb

Picture postcart and calendar with the Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari

Picture postcart and calendar with the Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari

Prospectus from the Reception centre

Prospectus from the Reception centre

Prospectus with the tomb

Prospectus with the tomb

The ticket for the entrance to the Sveshtari royal tomb (5 Bulgarian lev "лев")

The ticket for the entrance to the Sveshtari royal tomb (5 Bulgarian lev "лев" which mean 2.5 euro)

Rousse (Bulgaria)

Map of Bulgaria with Rousse

Map of Bulgaria with Rousse

Rousse (also transliterated as Ruse or Russe; Bulgarian: Русе) is the fifth-largest city in Bulgaria with a population of near 175,600.

Rousse is situated in the northeastern part of the country, on the right bank of the Danube, opposite the Romanian city of Giurgiu, 300 km from the capital Sofia and 200 km from the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast.

It is the most significant Bulgarian river port, serving an important part of the international trade of the country.

Rousse is known for its 19th- and 20th-century Neo-Baroque and Neo-Rococo architecture, which attracts many tourists.

The Rousse-Giurgiu Friendship Bridge, the only one in the shared Bulgarian-Romanian section of the Danube, crosses the river here.

Source: Wikipedia

Giurgiu-Rousse Friendship Bridge

Giurgiu-Rousse Friendship Bridge

Bulgarian marshrutka (маршрутка)

Bulgarian marshrutka (маршрутка)

Strange art in Rousse

A statue near the Rousse Regional Historical Museum

Other strange statue

Other statue in the same location

In the old centre of Rousse

In the old centre of Rousse

Old building in the centre

Olimpia shop for women clothes

Typical architecture of Rousse

Typical architecture of Rousse

A nice street in the old centre

A nice street in the old centre

Shopska salad or "Bulgarian salad" Шопска салата

Shopska salad or "Bulgarian salad" Шопска салата

Menu in Romanian at a restaurant in the center of Rousse

Menu in Romanian at a restaurant, just near to the Dozodno Zdanie or the theatre building in the central part of Rousse

Monument

The Monument of Liberty

Nice buildings

Nice buildings

Pink building

Pink building

One of the principal streets from the old centre

One of the principal streets from the old centre

A monument dedicated for the victory against the fascism

A monument dedicated for the victory against the fascism

The Pantheon of National Revival Heroes (Bulgarian: Пантеон на възрожденците) is a Bulgarian national monument and an ossuary, located in the city of Rousse.

The Pantheon of National Revival Heroes (Bulgarian: Пантеон на възрожденците) is a Bulgarian national monument and an ossuary, located in the city of Rousse.

A park near the Pantheon of National Revival Heroes

A park near the Pantheon of National Revival Heroes

Some nice blocks near the Pantheon of National Revival Heroes

Some nice blocks near the Pantheon of National Revival Heroes

Gold-plated dome of The Pantheon of National Revival Heroes

Gold-plated dome of The Pantheon of National Revival Heroes

An indicator panel in the centre

An indicator panel in the centre

Media kiosk

Media kiosk

Tilia tree (Romanian: Tei, Bulgarian: Lipa)

Tilia tree (Romanian: Tei, Bulgarian: Lipa)

Some other places were you can eat and drink in the centre

Some other places were you can eat and drink in the centre

Nice flowers in the centre

Nice flowers in the centre

Fountains

Fountains

Couch with the name Rousse on it

Couch with the name Rousse on it

Near the the Romanian border

Near the the Romanian border

The road to the border to Romania

The road to the border to Romania

The Danube in Rousse

The Danube in Rousse

Near to Danube, on a gangway

Near to Danube, on a gangway

Car plate from Rousse

Car plate from Rousse

An alley near to Danube

An alley near to Danube

A motorboat on Danube

A motorboat on Danube

Rousse TV Tower

Rousse TV Tower

Other view of Rousse TV Tower

Other view of Rousse TV Tower

Rousse TV Tower, the tallest TV tower in Bulgaria and one of the tallest buildings on the Balkan Peninsula (206 m)

Rousse TV Tower, the tallest TV tower in Bulgaria and one of the tallest buildings on the Balkan Peninsula (206 m)

Strange statue

Strange statue which was decapitated by Bulgarian anarchists

I buy this DVD with "Narodna muzika" (Folk music) with all regions from Bulgaria

I buy this DVD with "Narodna muzika" (Popular music) with all regions from Bulgaria