Monument to the Holy Mother of God and Child, Bulgaria, Haskovo
60 km from Plovdiv is the city of Haskovo, like many cities in Bulgaria, it has a century-old history, founded in about 985. The city had different names “Chist Grad”, “Bial Izvor”, but there is no exact evidence. For the first time the city is mentioned in the annals under the name “Mars”. In the second half of the 15th century, after the conquest by the Ottomans, the city received the name “Hashkoye” (translated from Turkish the ruler’s village). During the National Revival period (19th century) the city was renamed Haskovo.
The height of the monument is 31 meters (17 meters sculpture and 14 meters pedestal). The monument is made of polymer concrete and weighs 80 tons, and the statue itself is 20 tons. The statue can be seen from anywhere in the city due to its large size and location on the hill. There is a small chapel at the bottom of the monument.
The Holy Mother of God is the patroness of the city of Haskovo. The idea of creating the monument belongs to the mayor of the city Georgi Ivanov. In 2010, a 30-meter-high bell tower with 8 bells of different sizes was built next to the monument. The bell tower in Haskovo is one of the highest in the Balkans; you can climb it by metal steps. A beautiful view of the city opens from the observation deck of the bell tower.
The monument to the Holy Mother of God and Child has become one of the symbols of the city and is included in the list of 100 tourist sites in Bulgaria.