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Pleven Province
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By Air

The closest major airport is Craiova Airport (CRA / LRCV).This airport has international and domestic flights from Craiova, Romania and is about 116 km from the center of Pleven, Bulgaria.Another major airport is Sofia Airport (SOF / LBSF), which has international and domestic flights from Sofia, Bulgaria and is 126 km from Pleven, Bulgaria.Plovdiv Airport (PDV / LBPD) has international flights from Plovdiv, Bulgaria and is 151 km from Pleven, Bulgaria.

By Train

The international railway Sofia-Bucharest-Moscow runs through Pleven.The international road E 83 passes just north of the city.The national A2 Hemus highway Sofia-Varna is projected to pass 16 km south of Pleven.

By Bus

The inner city transportation in Pleven is maintained mainly by trolleybuses.There are 14 trolleybus lines and 75 km trolleybus network and also 14 bus lines.The trolleybus fleet consist of 70 ZIU-682 trolleybuses produced 1985–1988.A project for 12 km trolleybus routes extension, was announced by the Pleven municipality and expected to start 2009.

Key places to visit
Svetlin Rusev Donative Exhibition, Ivan Radoev Dramatic Theatre, Pleven Regional Historical Museum, Skobelev Park, Pleven Panorama, St George the Conqueror Chapel Mausoleum


Places to Visit

Svetlin Rusev Donative Exhibition

Is a permanent art exhibition in Pleven, Bulgaria, including over 400 works of Bulgarian and foreign art donated by the noted Bulgarian artist and collector Svetlin Rusev.The exhibition occupies the three-storey historic building of the former public baths built in the 1900s and commissioned to Nikola Lazarov, who combined Neo-Byzantine, Neo-Moorish and Ottoman elements in its design.It served as the city's public baths until 1970, and has been home to the exhibition since 1984, when Rusev donated 322 works of his collection of paintings and sculptures, in 1999 adding 82 more.

Ivan Radoev Dramatic Theatre

Is a theatre in Pleven, Bulgaria.Its edifice in the centre of the city was designed by an Austro-Hungarian architect and built 1893-1895.The theatre was founded in 1918 as the Pleven Municipal Theatre, the first premiere being Kean by Alexandre Dumas, pere (6 February 1919).

Pleven Regional Historical Museum

Founded in 1953, is one of the largest museums in Bulgaria.The museum is situated in a two-story edifice near the centre of Pleven that is a monument of culture of national importance and has an area of 7,000 m2.Its main stock includes includes over 180,000 units and the museum library houses over 10,000 volumes of scientific literature and periodicals.The museum's permanent exposition of 5,000 items is situated in a total of 24 halls and is divided in 5 departments, devoted to archaeology, ethnography, the Bulgarian National Revival and the Ottoman rule of Bulgaria, modern history, and nature. Additionally, the numismatic collection that includes 25,000 coins is regarded as one of the richest in Bulgaria.

Skobelev Park

Is a museum park in the vicinity of Pleven, Bulgaria.It was built between 1904 and 1907 on the very battlefield of the Siege of Plevna during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78, specifically the third assault of General Mikhail Skobelev's detachment between 30 August and 11 September 1877.The park is located in a valley called Martva dolina ("Dead Valley") because of the 6,500 killed and injured Russian and Romanian soldiers during the battle.Their remains are stored in nine common graves and an ossuary.Dozens of Russian cannons from the war are arranged as batteries in the park, which is a favoured place for walks by the residents of Pleven.

Pleven Panorama

The panorama was created by 13 Russian and Bulgarian artists and was constructed in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Pleven Epopee and was officially unveiled on 10 December 1977.The panorama expanded the already existing Skobelev Park, which is located on the site where three of the four major battles which led to the liberation of Bulgaria took place.In the first three years after its opening, 2.5 million people visited the panorama.The monument is one of nearly 200 built by the people of Pleven in tribute to the battle and to the nearly 35,000 lives lost.

St George the Conqueror Chapel Mausoleum

Is a mausoleum or ossuary and memorial Bulgarian Orthodox chapel, as well as a major landmark of Pleven, Bulgaria.Built between 1903 and 1907 in the Neo-Byzantine style by the architect P. Koychev, whose project won a contest in 1903, it is dedicated to the Russian and Romanian soldiers who fell for the Liberation of Bulgaria during the Siege of Plevna of 1877.The remains of many of these soldiers are preserved in the mausoleum.The icons in the chapel mausoleum are the work of Bulgarian artists.The chapel mausoleum bears the name of Saint George, the patron saint of soldiers, and is also depicted in the coat of arms of Pleven.It lies on the main Vazrazhdane Square.

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