On September 22, Bulgaria celebrates one of the most significant events in its recent history. On this date, in 1908 the Bulgarian state, one of the oldest in Europe, declared its independence. This happened 30 years after the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78. Thus, Bulgaria reappeared on the map of Europe after five centuries of Ottoman rule. The Bulgarian government decided that the declaration of the Independence of Bulgaria will take place on September 22, 1908, in the church “St. 40 Martyrs” in the old Bulgarian capital Veliko Tarnovo.
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