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International Coffeehouses: Bulgaria

This guide will provide links to resources related to the countries featured in the International Coffeehouses.

Panoramic photo of Maljovica ridge as seen from Mt. Musalla

Ivailo Djilianov [Photographer]. (2008.) Мусала, Maljovica ridge as seen from Mt. Musalla [Digital Image]. Retreived from flickr.com on March 14, 2019. Licensed under Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Facts in Brief

Bulgarian flag with three horizontal stripes, white, green, and red (listed from top to bottom)

The Republic of Bulgaria lies in south-eastern Europe. In 1946 the Bulgarian monarchy was abolished and a republic proclaimed. A Soviet-style Constitution was adopted in 1947, when Bulgaria was designated a People's Republic. In 1989 the removal from the presidency of the leader of the Bulgarian Communist Party initiated a process of political reform that culminated in multi-party legislative elections in 1990, when the country was renamed the Republic of Bulgaria. Bulgaria became a member of the European Union in 2007. The capital is Sofia. The official language is Bulgarian.


Citations:

Bulgaria, in Europa World online. London, Routledge. University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Retrieved 14 March 2019 from http://www.europaworld.com/entry/bg.

Country Flag (Bulgaria), in Europa World online. London, Routledge. University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Retrieved 14 March 2019 from http://www.europaworld.com/entry/bg.FLAG 

Map of Bulgaria

Map of Bulgaria with major cities bullet pointed


Image Citation:

Country Map (Bulgaria), in Europa World online. London, Routledge. University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Retrieved 14 March 2019 from http://www.europaworld.com/entry/bg.MAP.

Art & Architecture

Picture of Architecture Ivanovo Rock Chapels

Ivanovo Rock Chapels, Interior. early 13th - 14th c., Image: ca. 1996. Artstor, library.artstor.org/asset/AWMONUMENTSIG_10313599571

Pictured are four decorated body sherds

40 miscellaneous body sherds, 21 decorated. ca. 3700 BCE. Artstor, library.artstor.org/asset/AHARVARDIG_10313861255

Pictured is a fragment of  an 18th century Bulgarian tapestry

Fragment. 18th century. Artstor, library.artstor.org/asset/SS7731421_7731421_11018751

 

Pictured is a painting by Jules Pascin entitled, Cinderella: Preparation for the ball.

Pascin, Jules, 1885-1930. Cinderella: Preparation for the ball. 1930. Artstor, library.artstor.org/asset/ARTSTOR_103_41822001538600

Pictured is a painting by Iva Gueorguieva entitled Gotta Go to Work.

Iva Gueorguieva. Gotta Go to Work. 2006. Artstor, library.artstor.org/asset/LARRY_QUALLS_10312607180

Pictured is a painting by Kosyo Minchev entitled Lava

Kosyo Minchev. Lava. 2011, Image: 2012. Artstor, library.artstor.org/asset/AWSS35953_35953_35423193

 

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Snapshots of Bulgaria

A picture of a grandmother pushing a child in a baby carriagewith the town of Bankso in the background

A grandmother pushing her grandchild in a pram past new apartments that are being marketed to foreign tourists during the real estate boom in Bankso. Until recently, the traditional village of Bansko, which lies near the Pirin Mountains in southwestern Bulgaria, was only a small ski resort. However, it is rapidly becoming a popular winter holiday destination for foreign, particularly English, tourists and has grown considerably in size following Bulgaria's entrance into the EU.


Image Citation: Tim Dirven. 2007. Artstor, library.artstor.org/asset/APANOSIG_10313587146

Photo of a Tramway in Sofia Bulgaria

Bruno Barbey. BULGARIA. 2007. BULGARIA. Sofia. Tramway, January 2007.. 2007. Artstor, library.artstor.org/asset/AMAGNUMIG_10311560223

photo of a teenage children on a tram

Donovan Wylie. BULGARIA. European Expansion. 2002. BULGARIA. Sofia. 2002.. 2002. Artstor, library.artstor.org/asset/AMAGNUMIG_10311501930

Photo of an A Lounge entrance to a beach in Bulgaria

Bruno Barbey. BULGARIA. 2007.. 2007. Artstor, library.artstor.org/asset/AMAGNUMIG_10311561488

Photo of the Rila monastery

Bruno Barbey. BULGARIA. 2006. BULGARIA. Rila monastery, December 2006.. 2006. Artstor, library.artstor.org/asset/AMAGNUMIG_10311560336

Photo of a shrine with lit candles placed in sand

Bruno Barbey. BULGARIA. 2007.. 2007. Artstor, library.artstor.org/asset/AMAGNUMIG_10311560345

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Logging In: You do not need to log in to ARTStor on campus.
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Bulgarian Cuisine

Photo of Patatnik in a serving dish with a knife and fork

Patatnik

Prep Time | 15 mins, Cook Time | 45 mins, Total Time | 1 hr

Patatnik is a traditional Bulgarian dish characteristic of the Rhodope Mountains. It is prepared with grated potatoes, onions, salt and spearmint.

Course: Main Course 
Cuisine: Bulgarian, Vegetarian 
Servings: 8 people
Author: Mike Benayoun
 

Ingredients

  • 3 lb potatoes
  • 2 onions
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons dried spearmint
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon butter , for greasing
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. Peel the potatoes, and grate them in a bowl.
  3. Peel the onions and grate in the same bowl.
  4. Add salt, pepper, vegetable oil and dried mint. Crack eggs and add them to the mixture. Stir well.
  5. Grease a round pan with 1 tablespoon of butter, then sprinkle 2 tablespoons of flour to dust the pan.
  6. Pour the potato mixture into the pan. Press with your palms to flatten. Sprinkle last 2 tablespoons of flour on top. Add a few dollops of butter on top.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes.

Citation: Benayoun, Mike. “BULGARIA: PATATNIK.” 196flavors.com, N.d. https://www.196flavors.com/bulgaria-patatnik/

Databases for Additional Research

Music

Folk Music

Album art for Folk Music of Bulgaria

Kapanski Ensemble

Album art for Kapanski Ensemble