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A poster exhibition “Invincible in Power and Unsurpassable in Bravery” The Bulgarian Tsar Samuel († 1014) opened in the City Garden

26.08.2014


A poster exhibition opened on 21 August 2014 in the City Garden in front of the National Theatre Ivan Vazov in Sofia, entitled “Invincible in Power and Unsurpassable in Bravery” The Bulgarian Tsar Samuel († 1014). 

The exhibition is part of a national programme, marking the 1000th anniversary of the battle at Klyuch (29 July 1014) and the death of Tsar Samuel (997–1014) on 6 October 1014. It was prepared by the National Archaeological Institute with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with the Centre for Slavo-Byzantine Studies Prof. Ivan Dujčev, Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski (www.uni-sofia.bg). The exhibition is presented in the City Garden thanks to the kind cooperation of Sofia Municipality. 


Through images and brief texts in Bulgarian and in English, the display tells the citizens and visitors of Sofia about the period when Tsar Samuel lived and ruled, about his family and his historical legacy, about the fortitude and wisdom of his reign, about his victories, mistakes, and defeats. The exhibition shows Medieval miniatures, historical chronicles, stone inscriptions, archaeological finds, maps, reconstructions, and contemporary photographs of the monuments and places, where Bulgarians lived and where the independence of the Bulgarian Kingdom was defended with dignity. These documents reveal the drama of the epic 50-year long war between Bulgaria and Byzantium (968–1018).

The exhibition is more than a story about the reign of a medieval ruler. It is, above all, a story about the struggle for independent Bulgarian statehood.

The exhibition is on display in the City Garden until 27 August 2014. It will then be shown in other cities in Bulgaria and abroad.