Bulgaria is one of the most fascinating countries in the world, and if you haven’t visited Bulgaria yet, you’re missing out on something really special. If you have planned your trip to Bulgaria already, and are looking to book a hotel in Bulgaria online, you can’t go wrong with Clara Hotel, the best Irish run hotel in Bulgaria, based in Sarafovo, at a 5-minute drive from the Bourgas International Airport.
In this article, we share 15 fascinating things about Bulgaria. Let’s get started.
#1: Bulgaria has a rich history. The name “Bulgaria” was actually coined in 681 A.D. It is the only European country that holds on to the same name for over 1,500 years.
#2: Bulgarians have a unique cultural trait. They shake their heads to mean “yes” and nod to mean “no”.
#3: The oldest treasure in the world was found in Bulgaria. Over 3000 golden ornaments were found that date back to over 6000 years.
#4: Bulgarians love their folk songs. A very popular folk song, “Izlel e Delyu Haydutin” by Bulgarian folk singer Valya Balkanska was sent onboard the US Space Probe – Voyager I, as one of the greatest cultural treasures of our planet, in case some aliens were to chance upon the spacecraft!
#5: Not many know that John Vincent Atanasoff, a famous physicist and inventor of the first electronic digital computer, was a Bulgarian.
#6: Bulgaria has a diverse landscape. Over one-third of Bulgaria is covered by forests.
#7: Bulgaria is famous for its roses. The Rose Valley in Bulgaria produces 70% to 85% of the world’s rose oil, which is used in perfumes all over the world.
#8: The Orthodox Church in Bulgaria is the oldest Slavic Orthodox Church in the world.
#9: Bulgaria joined the European Union on January 1, 2007. Since then the Bulgarian economy has expanded consistently and the standard of living in the country has gone up by leaps and bounds.
#10: Cyrillic has become the third official alphabet of the European Union following the accession of Bulgaria to EU membership.
#11: The Bulgarian Air Force was the first to airdrop a bomb. It did so during the first Balkan War on October 16th, 1912. The bombs were dropped by fighter pilots, Lieut. Radul Milkov and Lieut. Prodan Tarakchiev.
#12: Bulgarians still remember their performance in the 1994 football World Cup held in the USA, where they reached the semi-finals. Hristo Stoichkov, considered to be Bulgaria’s greatest footballer by far, went on to win the Golden Boot in the tournament for scoring 6 goals.
#13: Stefka Kostadinova is a Bulgarian high jumper whose world record jump of 2.09 metres in the Athletics World Championships of 1987 is yet to be broken, almost 30 years later.
#14: Yordanka Donkova is another great Bulgarian athlete, whose world record of the fastest speed in 100 metres hurdles set 27 years ago, was broken only recently in the Rio 2016 Olympics.
#15: Rayna Kasabova, Bulgarian air force pilot, was the first womаn in history to have participated in a military combat.