Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Vasil Levski

Васил Левски, Vasil Levski, Embassy of Bulgaria, place de la Résistance, Paris
Vasil Levski (Васил Левски), Embassy of Bulgaria
Place de la Résistance, 7e arrondissement
Paris, July 2012

“The bronze bas-relief of the head of Levski, part of the monument, was created by Josef Strachovský (or, according to other sources, Austrian sculptor Rudolf Weyr), whereas Italian Abramo Peruchelli did the stonecutting work. It was inaugurated on 22 October 1895, but was planned and worked on ever since the Liberation of Bulgaria in 1878, the construction being hindered by a chronic lack of funds and negligence, and taking a whole 17 years. This ignited a wave of indignation among the Bulgarian intellectuals of the time, with the poet Konstantin Velichkov even branding this carelessness in a 1881 poem (see text).”

2 comments:

cieldequimper said...

That's rather beautiful! Did you stumble upon it or read about it?

VP said...

ciel - 'Paris: 600 Sculptures à ciel ouvert' by Frédéric Tran...