Bulgaria – Land and cultural heritage (Part 3)

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Only the Romans managed to wipe out the might of the Ancient Thracian political alliances in the 1st century. Two peaceful countries followed: the Roman Emperors strengthened the Danube border, which is that time separated the civilized European south from the barbarian north and set up the military, town and road systems. Big town centres were built in the separate inner areas; economic boom and cultural ennoblement were achieved, which ensured prosperity for an unprecedented big part of population.

From the 1st century on Christianity spread over these lands. After it become the official religion in the Roman Empire in 313, heavy construction began and the land was literally strewed with monumental ecclesiastical temples.

Most indicative is that such were erected not only the town centres, but in the village areas as well. The significance of the land grew harshly after Constantinople (today’s Istanbul) became the “New Rome” and the Thracians were given an opportunity to maintain the new Christian capital of the civilized world of that time. It was the Christian idea that led the forming of the new big communities in Europe.

The Bulgarian also reckons among these new communities, managing to create the independent European state Bulgaria in the old historical-geographical areas Misia, Threce and Macedonia in the year 681. The land’s identity was established by Khan Asparuh through a respective treaty that he made with Constantin IV “the Bearded” – the Emperor of the East Roman Empire in 681.

Two writings and two official state, church and cultural languages dominated in Europe until the Bulgarians officially accepted Christianity with St. Prince Boris I Michail at the head and the St. Equal to the Apostles and patrons of Europe Cyrilus and Methodius created the new European alphabet.

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One Response to Bulgaria – Land and cultural heritage (Part 3)

  1. Joe Hmmer says:

    Very interesting post about Bulgaria!

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