Memorial park The vindicators of Stara Zagora

 On Chadar mound (at present Park Bulgarian Volunteer Army) raises up a 50-meter-high monument that represents the samara Banner. It is created by the sculptors Krum Damyanov and Bozhidar Kozarev, the architects Bogomil Davidkov and Blagovest Valkov, and the designer-engineer Anton Maleev. The Construction team of Gennady Milovanov turned into reality the dream of Stara Zagora citizens to erect a memorial about the heroic and tragic events that occurred in the city during the Russian-Turkish War (1877-1878).

The monument has a genuine shaping solution. Three extremely strong columns carry the construction of the waved banner. An ossuary is built into its foundations, which will always remind the bloodshed during the memorable battle from 19/31 July 1877. On the sarcophagus are inscribed the words of the poet M. Berberov "Stara Zagora, Stara Zagora, a lively city with its foundation stuck in bones..."

On eternal guard in front of the banner stand the figures of six volunteers and a Russian officer. They represent the insurmountable barrier that deterred the hostile hordes of Suleiman Pasha when saving the banner, as well as six of the volunteer units that later formed the future Bulgarian Army.
The design of the eternal fire is in the shape of bayonets which is an allegory of the admiration towards the feat of those who gave their lives for freedom.
The memorial walls tell the story of the route of the Samara Banner from the moment it was handed in Ploiesti, Romania on 6/18 May 1877 to the heroic and epic battle in defence of Stara Zagora on 19/31 July 1877.

There are two distinct areas in the overall composition:

  • The monumental staircase of a hundred steps that reminds the fact that the monument was erected a century after the heroic and tragic events.
  • Three consecutive terraces  that connect different parts of the complex composition in a whole as a bridge between the past, present and future.

The memorial complex was inaugurated on July 30, 1977.

Memorial park The vindicators of Stara Zagora
Memorial park The vindicators of Stara Zagora

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