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Landmarks in Shoumen

The Founders of Modern Bulgaria complex (monument) (tel.: 054 52598, 52107) is located on Ilchov Bair south of the town. With the means of architecture and sculpture the whole of the Bulgarian history from Khan Asparuh to Tsar Simeon is depicted. It was officially opened in 1981. There is an information centre and two restaurants. Working hours: 8.30 a.m.- 5.00 p.m. all the week round.

The Town Museum of History. (15, Slavyanski Blvd., tel.: 054 57410) - founded in 1904 by Rafail Popov. Working hours: 8.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. Entrance fee: symbolic. The Pancho Vladigerov Museum Complex (136, Tsar Osvoboditel Str., tel.: 054 52123, working hours: 09.00 a.m.- 12.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m.- 06.00 p.m.). The Layosh Koshout House-Museum (115, Tsar Osvoboditel, tel.: 054 57209, working hours: 9.00 a.m. - 12.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.). The Panayot Volov House-Museum (42, Tsar Osvoboditel Str., tel.: 054 63429, working hours: 9.00 a.m. - 12.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.). The Dobri Voinikov House-Museum (157, Tsar Osvoboditel Str., tel.: 054 56897, working hours: 9.00 a.m. - 12.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.).

There are four interesting cultural monuments in Shoumen traced back to the epoch of late Middle Ages. The first one is called Bezistena; it was built to serve the traders from Doubrovnik in 16th century. At present an original restaurant is housed there. The second one is The Clock Tower of 1741 being a stone prism with a built-in drinking-fountain (with rich ornamentation and an inscription). The interesting Kourshoum Cheshma (Bullet Drinking-Fountain) (1744) is located in the most lively in the past administrative and commercial part of the town. The drinking-fountain is covered with lead tiles where its name comes from.

The Sveto Vaznesenie Church (St. Ascension) of 1829 (48, Otets Paisii Str.) is of great interest, too. Kazandgiiska Street has been restored, a reminder of the 50 crafts in the past. You can see beautiful houses from the Revival Period in the Cherkovna Quarter.

There are a number of cultural institutes in Shoumen as well: Vassil Droumev Theatre of Drama (in the centre of the town, 72, Slavyanski Blvd., tel.: 054 52241). The Patilancho Puppet Theatre (in the central part of the town, 11, Todor Ikonomov Str., tel.: 054 55062, 57541). The Elena Karamihailova Art Gallery (81, Tsar Ivan Alexander, tel.: 054 42126, 40171, working hours: 9.00 a.m. - 12.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m. Shoumen is a university centre. There is the Konstantin Preslavski University.

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