The Standart Daily's campaign the Wonders of Bulgaria has turned six. The 2016 award ceremony was full of show buzz and glamor that Sofia's National History Museum was barely large enough to accommodate.
Hundreds of high guests – politicians, public figures, scholars, scientists, artists, activists and philosophers attended the gala.
Plovdiv's Roman Theatre won the award in the Attractions category. The other nominees are Magurata Cave near Belogradchik and Sandanski's Medieval Town. The winner was announced by Dimitar Glavchev, National Assembly Deputy Speaker.
The ruins of a Roman town called Missionis that were unearthed near Targovishte in northeast Bulgaria won the award in the Discoveries category. The other nominees are Roman baths Aquae Calidae just 15 km off Burgas, and the ancient Greek town Heraclea Sintica in the Rupite locality near Petrich. The winner was announced by BSP Leader Korneliya Ninova
The Rogozen Treasure, called the find of the 20th century, discovered by chance in 1985 by a tractor driver digging a well in his garden in the Bulgarian village of Rogozen, won the award in the Treasures category. The other nominees are the Gold Treasure of Preslav and the Letnitsa Treasure.
The winner was announced by Prof. Bozhidar Dimitrov, Director of the National History Museum.
The Museum of Sofia won the award in the category Museums, followed by The Rose's Museum in the town of Kazanlak and the Museum of Battle Glory in Yambol. The award was received by Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova.
The ceremony's venue, National History Museum, was declared the Museum of Museums.
In 2017, the Wonders of Bulgaria Award will be granted in one more categories – orthodox places of worship. Bishop Sionius of the Troyan Monastery received the Monastery of the Year Award from Standartnews CEO Mrs. Slavka Bozukova.
The winter resort of Bansko was declared the best winter destination in Bulgaria and Sozopol for the best summer resort in the category of cultural-historical tourism, while the Ravadinovo Castle won the Best Sumer Attraction award. The winners were announced by Blagoy Ragin, Chairman of the Bulgarian Hotel and Restaurant Association, and businessman Stefan Sharlopov.
Nargiz Gurbanova, PhD, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Bulgaria, won the Patron of the Year Award for 2016, for her extraordinary contribution to the restoration of the Trapezitsa medieval stronghold in the town of Veliko Turnovo, granted to her by Bulgaria's Deputy Minister of Culture Bony Petrunova.
A representative of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Chrurch granted the Donor of the Year Award to PM in resignation Boyko Borisov for his efforts to preserve and restore Bulgaria's churches and monasteries.
All winners and nominees thanked The Standart and said that campaigns like The Wonders of Bulgaria keep our national identity.