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Tzar Simeon1. Bulgaria is the only country in Europe that hasn’t changed its name since it was first established. The Bulgarian state was founded circa 681 AD. This means that Bulgaria is a country with 1335 years old history.

2. The Bulgarian Khan Tervel has stopped the Arabic invasion to European continent in 718 AD. The Bulgarian army annihilated the invaders, who didn’t return to the Balkans for at least few centuries. Thus, the Bulgar Khan became not only the savior of the Byzantine Empire, but the savior of the entire European Christian civilization.

3. Bulgaria has expanded twice its borders to the shores of Black, Aegean and Adriatic seas. – Bulgarian Empire is a term used to describe two periods in the medieval history of Bulgaria, during which it acted as a key regional power in Europe in particular, often rivaling Byzantium.

4. During the Golden Age of Tzar Simeon The Greatest the First Bulgarian State stretched gradually from Transylvania in the north, to the Aegean Sea in the south, from the Black Sea in the east and to the Adriatic Sea in the west. At this time Bulgaria gradually reached its cultural and territorial apogee, when it developed into the cultural and literary center of Slavic Europe, as well as becoming one of the largest states in Europe. By the reign of Tzar Ivan Asen II during the Second Bulgarian State the borders of the First Bulgarian Kingdom has been reinstated.

5. The Bulgarian army has never lost a single flag in battle. The flag of Bulgaria is a tricolor consisting of three equal-sized horizontal bands of (from top to the bottom) white, green and red. It was first adopted after Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878), where Bulgaria regained independence. The current flag was re-established with the 1991 Constitution of Bulgaria.

Autor: Lyubina Panayotova