WHERE IN BULGARIA ARE YOU?

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This mosque, known as Bayrakli Mosque, is one of dozens of surviving Ottoman structures in Bulgaria – a heritage landmark in the centre of a small town not far from Sofia.

It first appeared in the 15th Century but was extensively refurbished in 1845, sponsored by a local magnate, Hüsrev Pasha, with a penchant for the arts. Apart from manufacturing and trade, whence he made his fortune, he was a philanthropist who routinely sponsored local youths to study drawing in Europe. The pasha also founded perhaps the richest library in Ottoman Bulgaria – the only detail that survives from it, however, is its building inscription which is kept in the local museum. The library's books are now in the Oriental Department of the National Library in Sofia.

Bayrakli Mosque belongs to a little known if still controversial 500-year period of Bulgarian history variably referred to as "Ottoman domination" or "Turkish yoke."

Where in Bulgaria are you?

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Boyko PanchevBoyko Panchev has given the right answer, Tatul, to the "Where in Bulgaria are you?" competition in Vagabond 57-58. He won a weekend for two in Hotel Yastrebets, Borovets. After spending 20 years in Canada, Boyko has now come back to his home town Sofia where he has invested in some agricultural projects. He was able to recognise Tatul not because he’s been there, but because of the many pictures he's seen of the area. As his favourite travel destination in Bulgaria, he picks Tryavna not only for its own "natural and architectural beauties," but also because it is situated close to the ethnographic village of Etara where he likes to enjoy the "the best halva ever" and "wonderful Turkish coffee" boiled on hot sand. On why he reads Vagabond, Boyko says "I like the fact that it really helps foreigners better understand the Bulgarian spirit; also, it gives me an outsider's look at my own Bulgarian background - thus helping me understand myself better!"

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