Photographer's Note

Some forlorn looking statues I spotted in a park near the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. There is an outdoor flea market in the bg too, mostly selling military memorabilia. Were they sad that the Ottomans or Russians had left? Somehow I doubt it. I will research and see what I can uncover.

The statues are beside the Monument to the Bulgarian Volunteers, commemorating the Bulgarian war of Independence in 1877 against the Ottomans with Russian military aid.

The monument of the Opulchentsi - the Bulgarian volunteers who fought for the country's liberation in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78, is the centrepiece of this collection. It is a single figure holding the Samara Flag - the flag of the Bulgarian volunteer units in the Russian army at the time. The 3 day battle at Shipka Pass in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78 was one of the bloodiest.

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Additional Photos by Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15967 W: 1055 N: 33785] (156713)
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