Rousse Regional Museum of History
"All that I experienced afterwards had already been in Roustchouk". Elias Canetti
THE PANTHEON OF NATIONAL REVIVAL HEROES

Address: “Vazrozhdenski” Square
Contacts: phone: 082/ 820 998

Working time: 9.00 - 12.00, 12.30 - 17.30 h
No days off

The Pantheon of the National Revival Heroes is a national monument-vault for 453 active participants of the Bulgarian National Revival period. Many of them have related their life with Rousse, other have left their remains here, built into the foundations of Modern Bulgaria. The old cemetery of Rousse, transformed into the Park of the National Revival Heroes, is a natural place for the construction of a Pantheon in their honor, opened on February 28th, 1978, on occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman Empire. During its construction the All Saints Church was demolished – this happened on the Day of St. Demetrius, 1975. In 1977 began the construction of the Pantheon, designed by a team, led by Architect Nikola Nikolov. Arising negative thoughts among the citizens of Rousse, in 2000 the Pantheon became a site of Christianization. With the help of Lion’s Club and the artist Yoanii, a chapel was constructed, as well as a museum documentary exhibition. The Pantheon keeps the bones of revolutionaries and volunteers, rebels and culture-educational activists. Here are located the first teachers of Rousse – Teacher Dragni, Teacher Toni, Nil Izvorov, Tsani Ginchev, Dragan Tsankov – founder of Library “Zora”, participant in the struggles for Independent Church, a Russophile, Prime Minister in the first years after the Liberation. Here are the bones of Lyuben Karavelov and Zahari Stoyanov – and those  of his political rivals, because before being executed for organizing the Rebelion of the Russophiles, Toma Kardzhiev, Atanas Uzunov and Olimpi Panov are prominent participants in the National Liberation Movement, heroes of the Serbian-Bulgarian War. Within the Pantheon are also immortalized the names of the participants in the Chervena voda Revolutionary detachment, in the Serbian-Turkish War of 1876. A deserved honour is also rendered to the noteworthy family of Obretenovi, out of which the remarkable Grandmother Tonka received almost mythological characteristics, turning into a kind of a Mother for the Bulgarian Liberty.

Part of the cultural memory of the town, nowadays the Pantheon is one of the points, where heritage and public activity are crossing. The actuality of the site, which possesses significant dimensions for the local community, defines for it a sustainable place in urban history, which legitimizes its future.