Famous people on Bulgaria's street names


Vasil Levski

Vasil Levski 69 Vasil Levski, born Vasil Ivanov Kunchev, was a Bulgarian revolutionary who is, today, a national hero of Bulgaria. Dubbed the Apostle of Freedom, Levski ideologised and strategised a revolutionary movement to liberate Bulgaria from Ottoman rule. Levski founded the Internal Revolutionary Organisation, and sought to foment a nationwide uprising through a network of secret regional committees.

Hristo Botev

Hristo Botev 59 Hristo Botev, born Hristo Botyov Petkov, was a Bulgarian revolutionary and poet. Botev is considered by Bulgarians to be a symbolic historical figure and national hero. His poetry is a prime example of the literature of the Bulgarian National Revival, though he is considered to be ahead of his contemporaries in his political, philosophical, and aesthetic views.

Aleksandar Stamboliyski

Aleksandar Stamboliyski 43 Aleksandar Stoimenov Stamboliyski was a Bulgarian politician who served as the Prime Minister of Bulgaria from 1919 until 1923.

Cyril and Methodius

Cyril and Methodius 37 Cyril and Methodius (815–885) were brothers, Byzantine Christian theologians and missionaries. For their work evangelizing the Slavs, they are known as the "Apostles to the Slavs".

Ivan Vazov

Ivan Vazov 32 Ivan Minchov Vazov was a Bulgarian poet, novelist and playwright, often referred to as "the Patriarch of Bulgarian literature". He was born in Sopot, a town in the Rose Valley of Bulgaria. The works of Ivan Vazov reveal two historical epochs - the Bulgarian Renaissance and the Post-Liberation epoch. Ivan Vazov holds the highest honorary title of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Academician. He acted as Education and People Enlightenment Minister from September 7, 1897, until January 30, 1899, representing the People's Party.

Asparuh of Bulgaria

Asparuh of Bulgaria 29 Asparuh was а ruler of Bulgars in the second half of the 7th century and is credited with the establishment of the First Bulgarian Empire in 681.

Simeon I of Bulgaria

Simeon I of Bulgaria 27 Tsar Simeon I the Great ruled over Bulgaria from 893 to 927, during the First Bulgarian Empire. Simeon's successful campaigns against the Byzantines, Magyars and Serbs led Bulgaria to its greatest territorial expansion ever, making it the most powerful state in contemporary Eastern and Southeast Europe. His reign was also a period of unmatched cultural prosperity and enlightenment later deemed the Golden Age of Bulgarian culture.

Georgi Sava Rakovski

Georgi Sava Rakovski 26 Georgi Stoykov Rakovski, known also Georgi Sava Rakovski, born Sabi Stoykov Popovich, was a 19th-century Bulgarian revolutionary, freemason, writer and an important figure of the Bulgarian National Revival and resistance against Ottoman rule.

Paisius of Hilendar

Paisius of Hilendar 21 Saint Paisius of Hilendar or Paìsiy Hilendàrski (1722–1773) was a Bulgarian clergyman and a key Bulgarian National Revival figure. He is most famous for being the author of Istoriya Slavyanobolgarskaya (1762), the first significant modern Bulgarian history that became famous and has been copied and distributed everywhere in the Bulgarian lands. The book is, overall, the third modern work of Bulgarian history, after the works titled "History of Bulgaria" by Petar Bogdan Bakshev in 1667 and by Blasius Kleiner in 1761. He is considered the forefather of the Bulgarian National Revival.

Georgi Benkovski

Georgi Benkovski 21 Georgi Benkovski was the pseudonym of Gavril Gruev Hlatev, a Bulgarian revolutionary and leading figure in the organization and direction of the Bulgarian anti-Ottoman April Uprising of 1876 and apostle of its 4th Revolutionary District.

Stefan Stambolov

Stefan Stambolov 21 Stefan Nikolov Stambolov was a Bulgarian politician, journalist, revolutionary, and poet who served as Prime Minister and regent. He is considered one of the most important and popular "Founders of Modern Bulgaria", and is sometimes referred to as "the Bulgarian Bismarck". In 1875 and 1876 he took part in the preparation for the Stara Zagora uprising, as well as the April Uprising. Stambolov was, after Stanko Todorov, Boyko Borisov and Todor Zhivkov, one of the country's longest-serving prime ministers. Criticised for his dictatorial methods, he was among the initiators of economic and cultural progress in Bulgaria during the time of the Balkan Wars.

Dimitar Blagoev

Dimitar Blagoev 20 Dimitar Blagoev Nikolov was a Bulgarian political leader and philosopher. He was the founder of the Bulgarian left-wing political movement and of the first social-democratic party in the Balkans, the Marxist Bulgarian Social Democratic Party. Blagoev was also an important figure in the early history of Russian Marxism, and later founded and led the Bulgarian Communist Party. He was a prominent proponent of ideas for the establishment of a Balkan Federation. He is usually regarded and self-identified as a Bulgarian, and occasionally as a Macedonian Slav.

Georgi Dimitrov

Georgi Dimitrov 20 Georgi Dimitrov Mihaylov also known as Georgiy Mihaylovich Dimitrov, was a Bulgarian communist politician who served as General Secretary of the Bulgarian Communist Party from 1946 to 1949. From 1935 to 1943, he was the General Secretary of the Communist International.

Stefan Karadzha

Stefan Karadzha 19 Stefan Karadzha was a Bulgarian revolutionary from the national liberation movement and a cheta leader. He attempted to start a rebellion against the Ottoman Empire.

Alexander II of Russia

Alexander II of Russia 19 Alexander II was Emperor of Russia, King of Congress Poland and Grand Duke of Finland from 2 March 1855 until his assassination in 1881. Alexander's most significant reform as emperor was the emancipation of Russia's serfs in 1861, for which he is known as Alexander the Liberator.


Krum 17 Krum, often referred to as Krum the Fearsome was the Khan of Bulgaria from sometime between 796 and 803 until his death in 814. During his reign the Bulgarian territory doubled in size, spreading from the middle Danube to the Dnieper and from Odrin to the Tatra Mountains. His able and energetic rule brought law and order to Bulgaria and developed the rudiments of state organization.

Lyuben Karavelov

Lyuben Karavelov 17 Lyuben Stoychev Karavelov was a Bulgarian writer and an important figure of the Bulgarian National Revival.

Hristo Smirnenski

Hristo Smirnenski 17 Hristo Dimitrov Izmirliev, known as Hristo Smirnenski, was a Bulgarian poet and prose writer who joined the Bulgarian Communist Party and whose works championed socialist ideals in a light-hearted and humane style. He died at the age of 24, leaving a well regarded body of work produced over a mature career of only three years.

Boris I of Bulgaria

Boris I of Bulgaria 17 Boris I, venerated as Saint Boris I (Mihail) the Baptizer, was the ruler (knyaz) of the First Bulgarian Empire in 852–889. The historian Steven Runciman called him one of the greatest persons in history. Despite a number of military setbacks, the reign of Boris I was marked with significant events that shaped Bulgarian and European history. With the Christianization of Bulgaria in 864, paganism was abolished. A skillful diplomat, Boris I successfully exploited the conflict between the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Papacy to secure an autocephalous Bulgarian Church, thus dealing with the nobility's concerns about Byzantine interference in Bulgaria's internal affairs.

Nikola Vaptsarov

Nikola Vaptsarov 15 Nikola Yonkov Vaptsarov was a Bulgarian poet, communist and revolutionary. Working most of his life as a machinist, he only wrote in his spare time. Despite the fact that he only ever published one poetry book, he is considered one of the most important Bulgarian poets. Because of his underground communist activity against the government of Boris III and the German troops in Bulgaria, Vaptsarov was arrested, tried, sentenced and executed the same night by a firing squad.

Clement of Ohrid

Clement of Ohrid 15 Clement or Kliment of Ohrid was one of the first medieval Bulgarian saints, scholar, writer, and apostle to the Slavs. He was one of the most prominent disciples of Cyril and Methodius and is often associated with the creation of the Glagolitic and Cyrillic scripts, especially their popularisation among Christianised Slavs. He was the founder of the Ohrid Literary School and is regarded as a patron of education and language by some Slavic people. He is considered to be the first bishop of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, one of the Seven Apostles of Bulgarian Orthodox Church since the 10th century, and one of the premier saints of modern Bulgaria. The mission of Clement was the crucial factor which transformed the Slavs in then Kutmichevitsa into Bulgarians. Clement is also the patron saint of North Macedonia, the city of Ohrid and the Macedonian Orthodox Church.

Kaloyan of Bulgaria

Kaloyan of Bulgaria 14 Kaloyan or Kalojan, also known as Ivan I, Ioannitsa or Johannitsa, the Romanslayer, was emperor or tsar of Bulgaria from 1196 to 1207. He was the younger brother of Theodor and Asen, who led the anti-Byzantine uprising of the Bulgarians and Vlachs in 1185. The uprising ended with the restoration of Bulgaria as an independent state. He spent a few years as a hostage in Constantinople in the late 1180s. Theodor, crowned Emperor Peter II, made him his co-ruler after Asen was murdered in 1196. A year later, Peter was also murdered, and Kaloyan became the sole ruler of Bulgaria.

Ivan Asen II

Ivan Asen II 14 Ivan Asen II, also known as John Asen II, was Emperor (Tsar) of Bulgaria from 1218 to 1241. He was still a child when his father Ivan Asen I – one of the founders of the Second Bulgarian Empire – was killed in 1196. His supporters tried to secure the throne for him after his uncle, Kaloyan, was murdered in 1207, but Kaloyan's other nephew, Boril, overcame them. Ivan Asen fled from Bulgaria and settled in the Rus' principalities.

Zahari Stoyanov

Zahari Stoyanov 13 Zahariy Stoyanov, born Dzhendo Stoyanov Dzhedev, was a Bulgarian revolutionary, writer, and historian.

Ivaylo of Bulgaria

Ivaylo of Bulgaria 13 Ivaylo, also spelled Ivailo, was a rebel leader who ruled briefly as tsar of Bulgaria. In 1277, he spearheaded a peasant uprising and forced the Bulgarian nobility to accept him as emperor. He reigned as emperor from 1278 to 1279, scoring victories against the Byzantines and the Mongols. Beset by foreign and domestic enemies, which included the Bulgarian nobles, he was eventually forced into exile among the Mongols, where he presented himself as a dethroned vassal. The Mongols then killed him in 1281 as an enemy of the Byzantine emperor Michael VIII Palaeologus.

Rayna Knyaginya

Rayna Knyaginya 13 Rayna Popgeorgieva Futekova, better known as Rayna Knyaginya, aka "Queen of the Bulgarians" was a Bulgarian teacher and revolutionary born in Panagyurishte who is famous for having sewn the flag of the April Uprising of 1876.

Petar Beron

Petar Beron 13 Dr. Petar Beron was a Bulgarian educator.                                                           

Gotse Delchev

Gotse Delchev 12 Georgi Nikolov Delchev, known as Gotse Delchev or Goce Delčev, was an important Macedonian Bulgarian revolutionary (komitadji), active in the Ottoman-ruled Macedonia and Adrianople regions at the turn of the 20th century. He was the most prominent leader of what is known today as the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (IMRO), a secret revolutionary society that was active in Ottoman territories in the Balkans at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. Delchev was its representative in Sofia, the capital of the Principality of Bulgaria. As such, he was also a member of the Supreme Macedonian-Adrianople Committee (SMAC), participating in the work of its governing body. He was killed in a skirmish with an Ottoman unit on the eve of the Ilinden-Preobrazhenie uprising.

Angel Kanchev

Angel Kanchev 12 Angel Kanchev Angelov was a Bulgarian revolutionary from Tryavna.                                   

Vasil Aprilov

Vasil Aprilov 12 Vasil Evstatiev Aprilov was a Bulgarian educator. He studied in Moscow, graduated from a high school in Braşov and then pursued a medical degree in Vienna. After 1811 he was a merchant in Odessa. He initially participated in the Greek revolutionary movement, but later devoted himself to the Bulgarian Renaissance, thanks to Yuriy Venelin, whose book "The Ancient and Present Bulgarians" (1829), aroused in Imperial Russia a special interest in them. From then on, he began to gather Bulgarian folk songs. In his will he left a large amount of money for building the Aprilovska High School in Gabrovo. This was to be the first Bulgarian secular school using the Bell-Lancaster method. The emergence of this school gave a boost to Bulgarian education and soon other schools were opened all over the Bulgarian-populated regions of the Ottoman empire.

Aleko Konstantinov

Aleko Konstantinov 12 Aleko Konstantinov was a Bulgarian writer, best known for his character Bay Ganyo, one of the most popular characters in Bulgarian fiction.

Hadzhi Dimitar

Hadzhi Dimitar 12 Dimitar Nikolov Asenov, better known as Hadzhi Dimitar, was one of the most prominent Bulgarian voivode and revolutionaries working for the Liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman rule.

Euthymius of Tarnovo

Euthymius of Tarnovo 11 Saint Euthymius of Tarnovo was Patriarch of Bulgaria between 1375 and 1393. Regarded as one of the most important figures of medieval Bulgaria, Euthymius was the last head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church in the Second Bulgarian Empire. Arguably the best esteemed of all Bulgarian patriarchs, Euthymius was a supporter of hesychasm and an authoritative figure in the Eastern Orthodox world of the time.

Samuel of Bulgaria

Samuel of Bulgaria 11 Samuel was the Tsar (Emperor) of the First Bulgarian Empire from 997 to 6 October 1014. From 977 to 997, he was a general under Roman I of Bulgaria, the second surviving son of Emperor Peter I of Bulgaria, and co-ruled with him, as Roman bestowed upon him the command of the army and the effective royal authority. As Samuel struggled to preserve his country's independence from the Byzantine Empire, his rule was characterized by constant warfare against the Byzantines and their equally ambitious ruler Basil II.

Geo Milev

Geo Milev 11 Geo Milev was a Bulgarian poet, translator and journalist. He is perhaps best known for his epic poem Septemvri, written during the Bulgarian September Uprising.

William Ewart Gladstone

William Ewart Gladstone 11 William Ewart Gladstone was a British statesman and Liberal politician. In a career lasting over 60 years, he served for 12 years as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, spread over four non-consecutive terms beginning in 1868 and ending in 1894. He also served as Chancellor of the Exchequer four times, for over 12 years.

Peyo Yavorov

Peyo Yavorov 10 Peyo Yavorov was a Bulgarian Symbolist poet. He was considered to be one of the finest poetic talents in the fin de siècle Kingdom of Bulgaria. Yavorov was a prominent member of the "Misal" ("Мисъл") literary and cultural group. His life and work are closely connected with the liberation movement Internal Macedonian-Adrianople Revolutionary Organization in Macedonia. He was also a supporter of the Armenian Independence Movement, and wrote a number of poems about Armenians.

Sophronius of Vratsa

Sophronius of Vratsa 10 Saint Sophronius of Vratsa, born Stoyko Vladislavov, was a Bulgarian cleric and one of the leading figures of the early Bulgarian National Revival.

John of Rila

John of Rila 9 Saint John of Rila, also known as Ivan of Rila, was the first Bulgarian hermit. He was revered as a saint while he was still alive. The legend surrounding him tells of wild animals that freely came up to him and birds that landed in his hands. His followers founded many churches in his honor, including the famous Rila Monastery. One of these churches, Saint John of Rila was only discovered in 2008 in the town of Veliko Tarnovo. Today, he is honored as the patron saint of the Bulgarians and as one of the most important saints in the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.

Iosif Gurko

Iosif Gurko 9 Count Iosif Vladimirovich Romeyko-Gurko, also known as Joseph or Ossip Gourko, was a prominent Russian field marshal during the Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878).

Georgi Kirkov

Georgi Kirkov 9 Georgi Iordanov Kirkov, also known by the name Master (Майстора), was a prominent Bulgarian socialist politician and writer, one of the founders of the Bulgarian Workers’ Social Democratic Party (BWSDP[NS]).

Bacho Kiro

Bacho Kiro 9 Bacho Kiro was the nickname of Kiro Petrov Zanev, a Bulgarian teacher, man of letters and revolutionary who took an active part in the April Uprising.

Kliment of Tarnovo

Kliment of Tarnovo 9 Kliment of Tarnovo, was a leading Bulgarian clergyman and politician. He was also a writer and one of the founders of the Bulgarian Literature Society in 1869.

Ivan Shishman of Bulgaria

Ivan Shishman of Bulgaria 9 Ivan Shishman ruled as emperor (tsar) of Bulgaria in Tarnovo from 1371 to 3 June 1395. The authority of Ivan Shishman was limited to the central parts of the Bulgarian Empire.

Elin Pelin

Elin Pelin 9 Elin Pelin, born Dimitar Ivanov Stoyanov was a Bulgarian writer and poet considered Bulgaria’s best narrator of the Bulgarian (Balkan) countryside and village.

Miladinov brothers

Miladinov brothers 9 The Miladinov brothers, Dimitar Miladinov (1810–1862) and Konstantin Miladinov (1830–1862), were Bulgarian poets, folklorists, and activists of the Bulgarian national movement in Ottoman Macedonia. They are best known for their collection of folk songs called Bulgarian Folk Songs, considered to be the greatest of their contributions to Bulgarian literature and the genesis of folklore studies during the Bulgarian National Revival. This turned them into creators of Bulgarian ethnography. Their third brother Naum (1817-1897) helped compile this collection too. Konstantin Miladinov is also famous for his poem Taga za Yug which he wrote during his stay in Russia.

Neofit Rilski

Neofit Rilski 8 Neofit Rilski or Neophyte of Rila was a 19th-century Bulgarian monk, teacher and artist, and an important figure of the Bulgarian National Revival.

Panayot Volov

Panayot Volov 8 Panayot Volov, also known under pseudonym Petar Vankov ), was the organizer and leader of the Gyurgevo Revolutionary Committee of the Bulgarian April Uprising against the Ottoman Empire in 1876.

Dragan Tsankov

Dragan Tsankov 8 Dragan Kiriakov Tsankov was a Bulgarian politician and the first Liberal Party Prime Minister of the country.

Todor Kableshkov

Todor Kableshkov 8 Todor Kableshkov was a 19th-century Bulgarian revolutionary and one of the leaders of the April Uprising.

Rayko Daskalov

Rayko Daskalov 8 Rayko Ivanov Daskalov was a Bulgarian interwar politician of the Bulgarian Agrarian National Union (BANU). One of the chief leaders of the republican Vladaya Uprising organised by deserted Bulgarian Army troops in 1918 against the government, from 1919 to 1923 Daskalov was a prominent member of the BAPU governments which were in power in Bulgaria in the early post-World War I period.


Orpheus 8 In Greek mythology, Orpheus was a Thracian bard, legendary musician and prophet. He was also a renowned poet and, according to the legend, travelled with Jason and the Argonauts in search of the Golden Fleece, and even descended into the underworld of Hades, to recover his lost wife Eurydice.


Kubrat 8 Kubrat was the ruler of the Onogur–Bulgars, credited with establishing the confederation of Old Great Bulgaria in ca. 632. His name derived from the Turkic words qobrat — "to gather", or qurt, i.e. "wolf".

Marin Drinov

Marin Drinov 8 Marin Stoyanov Drinov was a Bulgarian historian and philologist from the National Revival period who lived and worked in Russia through most of his life. He was one of the originators of Bulgarian historiography. Drinov was a founding member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, as well as its first chairman.

Petko Karavelov

Petko Karavelov 8 Petko Stoychev Karavelov was a leading Bulgarian liberal politician who served as Prime Minister on four occasions.

Boris III of Bulgaria

Boris III of Bulgaria 7 Boris III, originally Boris Klemens Robert Maria Pius Ludwig Stanislaus Xaver, was the Tsar of the Kingdom of Bulgaria from 1918 until his death in 1943.

Alexander of Battenberg

Alexander of Battenberg 7 Alexander Joseph, known as Alexander of Battenberg, was the first prince (knyaz) of the autonomous Principality of Bulgaria from 1878 until his abdication in 1886.

Dobri Chintulov

Dobri Chintulov 7 Dobri Petrov Chintulov was a Bulgarian poet, teacher and composer of the Bulgarian National Revival period.

Vasil Kolarov

Vasil Kolarov 7 Vasil Petrov Kolarov was a Bulgarian communist political leader and leading functionary in the Communist International (Comintern).

Цанко Церковски

Цанко Церковски 7 Цанко Церковски, псевдоним на Цанко Генов Бакалов, е български политик и писател. Той е един от основоположниците на Българския земеделски народен съюз (БЗНС).

Yordan Yovkov

Yordan Yovkov 7 Yordan Stefanov Yovkov was a prominent Bulgarian writer from the interwar period.                   

Petar Parchevich

Petar Parchevich 7 Petar Parchevich or Petar Mihaylov Parchev was a Bulgarian Roman Catholic archbishop, diplomat, scholar, baron of Austria and one of the architects behind the anti-Ottoman Chiprovtsi Uprising.

Konstantin Velichkov

Konstantin Velichkov 7 Konstantin Velichkov was a Bulgarian writer and public figure.                                     

Anthim I

Anthim I 7 Anthim I was a Bulgarian education figure and clergyman, and a participant in the Bulgarian liberation and church-independence movement. He was the first head of the Bulgarian Exarchate, a post he held from 1872 to 1877. He was also the first Chairman of the National Assembly of Bulgaria, presiding the Constituent Assembly and the 1st Grand National Assembly in 1879.

Yane Sandanski

Yane Sandanski 7 Yane Sandanski was a Macedonian Bulgarian revolutionary. He is recognized as a national hero in both Bulgaria and North Macedonia.

Joseph I of Bulgaria

Joseph I of Bulgaria 6 Exarch Joseph I was a Bulgarian Exarch from 1877 to 1915. He has great merits for preserving the unity of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and for the Bulgarian educational and ecclesiastical work in Macedonia and Thrace, which remained in the Ottoman Empire after 1878.

Nikola Petkov

Nikola Petkov 6 Nikola Dimitrov Petkov was a Bulgarian politician, one of the leaders of the Bulgarian Agrarian National Union. He entered politics in the early 1930s. Like many other peasant party leaders in Poland, Hungary, and Bulgaria in 1945–1947, Petkov was tried and executed soon after postwar Soviet control was established in his country. State Department emissary, Mark Ethridge, sent to Bulgaria in 1945 to report on conditions to President Truman, called him "the bravest man I've ever known." He was a son of the politician Dimitar Petkov. His brother Petko Petkov was shot dead by an unknown assassin in 1924. Nikola Petkov was among the founders of the Fatherland Front (FF) in 1943 and participated in the establishment of the new government before becoming its target.

Panayot Hitov

Panayot Hitov 6 Panayot Ivanov Hitov was a Bulgarian hajduk, national revolutionary and voivode.                   

Харитон Халачев

Харитон Халачев 6 Поп Харитон или Харитон (Стефан) Станчев Халачев е български революционер, участник в Априлското въстание.

Todor Aleksandrov

Todor Aleksandrov 6 Todor Aleksandrov Poporushov, best known as Todor Alexandrov, also spelt as Alexandroff, was a Bulgarian revolutionary, army officer, politician and teacher. He favored initially the annexation of Macedonia to Bulgaria, but later switched to the idea of an Independent Macedonia as a second Bulgarian state on the Balkans. Alexandrov was a member of the Internal Macedonian-Adrianople Revolutionary Organisation (IMARO) and later of the Central Committee of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organisation (IMRO).

Princess Marie Louise of Bulgaria

Princess Marie Louise of Bulgaria 6 Princess Marie Louise of Bulgaria also known as Marie Louise Borisova Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, is the daughter of Tsar Boris III and Tsaritsa Ioanna and the older sister of Simeon II of Bulgaria. Her baptism in the Bulgarian Orthodox Church caused controversy at the time because her mother had promised to raise her children as Catholics. After the change in house laws into absolute primogeniture by her brother King Simeon II, Princess Marie Louise became the head of the house of House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha-Koháry.

Васил Петлешков

Васил Петлешков 6 Васил Ангелов Петлешков е български революционер, водач на Априлското въстание в Брацигово.         

Filip Totyu

Filip Totyu 6 Todor Todorov Topalov, better known under the pseudonym Filip Totyu, was a Bulgarian revolutionary of the Bulgarian National Revival period and the voivode of an armed band of volunteers.

Petko Voyvoda

Petko Voyvoda 6 Petko Kirkov Kaloyanov Петко Кирков, better known as Captain Petko Voyvoda was a 19th-century Bulgarian hajduk leader and freedom fighter who dedicated his life to the liberation of Bulgaria.

Yuri Gagarin

Yuri Gagarin 6 Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut who, aboard the first successful crewed spaceflight, became the first human to journey into outer space. Travelling on Vostok 1, Gagarin completed one orbit of Earth on 12 April 1961, with his flight taking 108 minutes. By achieving this major milestone for the Soviet Union amidst the Space Race, he became an international celebrity and was awarded many medals and titles, including the nation's highest distinction: Hero of the Soviet Union.

Omurtag of Bulgaria

Omurtag of Bulgaria 6 Omurtag also known as Murtag or Murtagon was a Great Khan (Kanasubigi) of Bulgaria from 814 to 831. He is known as "the Builder".

Nikolay Pavlovich Ignatyev

Nikolay Pavlovich Ignatyev 5 Count Nikolay Pavlovich Ignatyev, a Russian statesman and diplomat, became best known for his aggressive expansionism in support of Russian imperialism. In dealing with China, he secured a large slice of Chinese territory by the multi-lateral Treaty of Peking in 1860. As the Russian ambassador to the Ottoman Empire from 1864 to 1877, he worked to stir up pan-Slavic feeling and nationalism against the Ottomans, and had some responsibility for the Bulgarian rebellion of April 1876. He encouraged his government to declare war on Turkey in 1877, and after the decisive Russian victory he negotiated the Treaty of San Stefano in 1878. It heralded greatly strengthened Russian influence in the Balkans. However Britain and Austria-Hungary intervened and forced the retraction of the treaty. As Minister of the Interior, Count Ignatyev promoted ultraconservative and Slavic-nationalist policies.

Nikolai Stoletov

Nikolai Stoletov 5 Nikolai Grigorevich Stoletov was a general in the Imperial Russian and Bulgarian armies. He was the brother of physicist Aleksandr Stoletov.

Nayden Gerov

Nayden Gerov 5 Nayden Gerov, born Nayden Gerov Hadzhidobrevich February 23, 1823, Koprivshtitsa – October 9, 1900, Plovdiv) was a Bulgarian linguist, folklorist, writer and public figure during the Bulgarian National Revival.

Stoyan Mihaylovski

Stoyan Mihaylovski 5 Stoyan Nikolov Mihaylovski was a Bulgarian writer and social figure.                               

Pencho Slaveykov

Pencho Slaveykov 5 Pencho Petkov Slaveykov was a noted Bulgarian poet and one of the participants in the Misal ("Thought") circle. He was the youngest son of the writer Petko Slaveykov.

Zahari Zograf

Zahari Zograf 5 Zahariy Hristovich Dimitrov (1810–1853), better known as Zahari Zograf is a famous Bulgarian painter of the Bulgarian National Revival, noted for his church mural paintings and icons and often regarded as the founder of secular art in Bulgaria due to the introduction of everyday life elements in his work.

Тонка Обретенова

Тонка Обретенова 5 Тонка Тончева Обретенова е българска националреволюционерка и героиня.                             

Георги Кондолов

Георги Кондолов 5 Желязко Димитров Кондолов, повече известен като Георги Кондолов, е български революционер, войвода на Вътрешната македоно-одринска революционна организация, водач на Преображенското въстание. Използва псевдоними като Дедо Жельо, Капитан Жесиен Воло, Караман бей войвода.

Neofit Bozveli

Neofit Bozveli 5 Neofit Bozveli was a Bulgarian cleric and enlightener and one of the leaders of the Bulgarian Church struggle.

Yanko Sakazov

Yanko Sakazov 4 Yanko Ivanov Sakazov was a Bulgarian socialist politician.                                         

Peter I of Bulgaria

Peter I of Bulgaria 4 Peter I was emperor (tsar) of Bulgaria from 27 May 927 to 969. Facing the Bogomil heresy and rebellions by his brothers and also by Časlav Klonimirović early on in his reign, Peter secured more success later in life; he ensured the retreat of the invading Rus by inciting Bulgaria's allies, the Pechenegs, to attack Kiev itself. Traditionally seen as a weak ruler who lost land and prestige, recent scholarship challenges this view, emphasizing the empire's affluence and internal peace. Considered a good ruler during the Middle Ages, his name was adopted by later leaders trying to restore Bulgarian independence under Byzantine rule to emphasize legitimacy and continuity.

Maxim Gorky

Maxim Gorky 4 Alexei Maximovich Peshkov, popularly known as Maxim Gorky, was a Russian and Soviet writer and socialism proponent. He was nominated five times for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Before his success as an author, he travelled widely across the Russian Empire changing jobs frequently, experiences which would later influence his writing.

Ivan Alexander of Bulgaria

Ivan Alexander of Bulgaria 4 Ivan Alexander, also sometimes Anglicized as John Alexander, ruled as Emperor (Tsar) of Bulgaria from 1331 to 1371, during the Second Bulgarian Empire. The date of his birth is unknown. He died on 17 February 1371. The long reign of Ivan Alexander is considered a transitional period in Bulgarian medieval history. Ivan Alexander began his rule by dealing with internal problems and external threats from Bulgaria's neighbours, the Byzantine Empire and Serbia, as well as leading his empire into a period of economic recovery and cultural and religious renaissance.

Dimcho Debelyanov

Dimcho Debelyanov 4 Dimcho Debelyanov was a Bulgarian poet and author.                                                 

Chavdar Voyvoda

Chavdar Voyvoda 4 Chavdar was a 16th-century semi-legendary Bulgarian hajduk voivode, a leader of a band of outlaws and a protector of the people against Ottoman injustice. Hajduks would usually take to the woods and wage guerrilla warfare on the ruling Turks. Chavdar was born in south Macedonia and headed a band of 300 people. He was initially active in the Štip and Kozjak regions, but subsequently moved to the region of Sofia. According to the legend, he was captured by the pasha of Sofia by trickery, but rescued by his nephew and standard-bearer Lalush Voyvoda who devastated the pasha's estates. It is thought that Chavdar may have been one of the hajduks who assaulted Sofia in February 1595.

Grigor Parlichev

Grigor Parlichev 4 Grigor Stavrev Parlichev was a Bulgarian writer, teacher and translator. He was born on January 18, 1830, in Ohrid, Ottoman Empire and died in the same town on January 25, 1893. Although he thought of himself as a Bulgarian, according to the Macedonian historiography he was an ethnic Macedonian.

Konstantin Jireček

Konstantin Jireček 4 Konstantin Josef Jireček was an Austro-Hungarian Czech historian, politician, diplomat, and Slavist. He was the founder of Bohemian Balkanology and Byzantine studies, and wrote extensively on Bulgarian and Serbian history. Jireček was also a minister in the government of the Principality of Bulgaria for a couple of years.

Yuriy Venelin

Yuriy Venelin 4 Yuriy Ivanovich Venelin was a Rusyn slavist, folklorist, ethnographer and philologist best known for his research on the language, history and culture of Bulgaria and its people.

Mikhail Skobelev

Mikhail Skobelev 4 Mikhail Dmitriyevich Skobelev, a Russian general, became famous for his conquest of Central Asia and for his heroism during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877–1878. Dressed in a white uniform and mounted on a white horse, and always in the thickest of the fray, he was known and adored by his soldiers as the "White General". During a campaign in Khiva, his Turkmen opponents called him goz ganly or "Bloody Eyes".

Dimitar Talev

Dimitar Talev 4 Dimitar Talev was a Bulgarian writer, journalist, political prisoner, and member of the Bulgarian National Assembly.

Hilarion of Makariopolis

Hilarion of Makariopolis 4 Hilarion of Makariopolis was a 19th-century Bulgarian cleric and one of the leaders of the struggle for an autonomous Bulgarian church.

Konstantin Fotinov

Konstantin Fotinov 4 Konstantin Georgiev Fotinov was a Bulgarian writer, translator and enlightener of the Bulgarian National Revival period. The publisher of the first Bulgarian-language magazine, he is regarded as the founder of the Bulgarian press.

Лиляна Димитрова

Лиляна Димитрова 4 Лиляна Николова Димитрова, с псевдоним Блага, е деятелка на младежкото и работническо комунистическо движение в България. Участва в комунистическото съпротивително движение през Втората световна война.

Тодор Икономов

Тодор Икономов 4 Тодор Поппетров Икономов, или Тодор Икономпетров Тодоров, е български писател, публицист, издател и политик. Един от най-видните възрожденски учители и участници в борбата за създаване на независима Българска екзархия. Той е сред водачите на Консервативната партия след Освобождението на България.

Dobri Voynikov

Dobri Voynikov 4 Dobri Popov Voynikov was a Bulgarian teacher, playwright and journalist of the Bulgarian National Revival. He is regarded as the father of modern Bulgarian theatre and the first Bulgarian producer. Voynikov was among the founders of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Николай Петрини

Николай Петрини 3 Николай Александрович Петрини e български политик от Българския земеделски народен съюз (БЗНС). След Деветоюнския преврат е сред водачите на крайнолявото крило в партията и ръководител на създадената от него паравоенна организация, планираща въоръжени акции срещу правителството в сътрудничество с Българската комунистическа партия.

Марко Балабанов

Марко Балабанов 3 Марко Димитриев Балабанов е български юрист и политик, първи външен министър на България и председател на XI обикновено народно събрание през 1901 г..

Dimitar Dimov

Dimitar Dimov 3 Dimitar Todorov Dimov was a Bulgarian dramatist, novelist and veterinary surgeon.                   

Prince Marko

Prince Marko 3 Marko Mrnjavčević was the de jure Serbian king from 1371 to 1395, while he was the de facto ruler of territory in western Macedonia centered on the town of Prilep. He is known as Prince Marko and King Marko in South Slavic oral tradition, in which he has become a major character during the period of Ottoman rule over the Balkans. Marko's father, King Vukašin, was co-ruler with Serbian Tsar Stefan Uroš V, whose reign was characterised by weakening central authority and the gradual disintegration of the Serbian Empire. Vukašin's holdings included lands in north-western Macedonia and Kosovo. In 1370 or 1371, he crowned Marko "young king"; this title included the possibility that Marko would succeed the childless Uroš on the Serbian throne.

Noel Buxton

Noel Buxton 3 Noel Edward Noel-Buxton, 1st Baron Noel-Buxton, PC was a British Liberal and later Labour politician. He served as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries under Ramsay MacDonald in 1924 and between 1929 and 1930.

Rayko Zhinzifov

Rayko Zhinzifov 3 Rayko Ivanov (Yoanov) Zhinzifov or Rajko Žinzifov,, born Ksenofont Dzindzifi was a Bulgarian National Revival poet and translator from Veles in today's North Macedonia, who spent most of his life in the Russian Empire.

Asen Zlatarov

Asen Zlatarov 3 Asen Zlatarov was a Bulgarian biochemist, writer and social activist.                               

Александър Дондуков-Корсаков

Александър Дондуков-Корсаков 3 Княз Александър Михайлович Дондуков­-Корсаков е руски офицер, генерал от кавалерията. Участник в Руско-турската война и създаването на Княжество България.

Христо Ясенов

Христо Ясенов 3 Христо Ясенов е български поет и активист на Българската комунистическа партия (БКП).               

Tervel of Bulgaria

Tervel of Bulgaria 3 Khan Tervel also called Tarvel, or Terval, or Terbelis in some Byzantine sources, was the khan of Bulgaria during the First Bulgarian Empire at the beginning of the 8th century. In 705 Emperor Justinian II named him caesar, the first foreigner to receive this title. He was raised a pagan like his grandfather Khan Kubrat, but was later possibly baptised by the Byzantine clergy. Tervel played an important role in defeating the Arabs during the siege of Constantinople in 717–718. The Nominalia of the Bulgarian khans states that Tervel belonged to the Dulo clan and reigned for 21 years. The testimony of the source and some later traditions allow identifying Tervel as the son of Asparukh.

Elisaveta Bagryana

Elisaveta Bagryana 3 Elisaveta Bagryana, born Elisaveta Lyubomirova Belcheva, was a Bulgarian poet who wrote her first verses while living with her family in Veliko Tarnovo in 1907–08. She, along with Dora Gabe (1886–1983), is considered one of the "first ladies of Bulgarian women's literature". She was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature three times.

Никола Михайловски

Никола Михайловски 3 Никола Стоянов Михайловски е български книжовен и обществен деец, дописен член на Българското книжовно дружество от 1874 г.

Alexander Bogoridi

Alexander Bogoridi 3 Prince (Knyaz) Alexander Stefanov Bogoridi was an Ottoman statesman of Bulgarian origin.           

Страхил войвода

Страхил войвода 3 Страхил войвода е роден в с. Йеникьой в средата на 17 век. Друга версия поставя родното му място в с. Овчарци. Населени места като Батак, Мало Конаре и Ловеч също считат, че е техен гражданин. За Страхил войвода пише големият турски историк Силих дар Мехмед паша.

Георги Икономов (революционер)

Георги Икономов (революционер) 3 Георги Поптодоров Икономов е български революционер.                                               

John the Exarch

John the Exarch 3 John the Exarch was a medieval Bulgarian scholar, writer and translator, one of the most important men of letters working at the Preslav Literary School at the end of the 9th and the beginning of the 10th century. He was active during the reign of Boris I and his son Simeon I. His most famous work is the compilation Shestodnev that consists of both translations of earlier Byzantine authors and original writings. The Russian Orthodox Church canonized him and his memory is honoured on the 13 August [O.S. 31 July]. In a manuscripts of the Gospels, held in the National Library of Serbia, an alternative date is given, namely — 13 February [O.S. 31 January].

Lazar Madzharov

Lazar Madzharov 3 Lazar Madzharov was a Bulgarian revolutionary, member of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (IMRO) and Bulgarian teacher.

Petrova Niva

Petrova Niva 3 Petrova Niva is a historic area in the Strandzha mountains of southeastern Bulgaria where, between 11 and 13 July 1903, a group of Bulgarian Internal Macedonian-Adrianople Revolutionary Organization (IMARO) delegates announced the outbreak of an anti-Ottoman uprising aimed at liberating southern Thrace from Ottoman rule and proclaimed the Strandzha Republic.

Felix Philipp Kanitz

Felix Philipp Kanitz 3 Felix Philipp Kanitz was an Austro-Hungarian naturalist, geographer, ethnographer, archaeologist, painter and author of travel notes, of Jewish heritage.
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