The Founders of the Bulgarian State Monument

The Founders of the Bulgarian State Monument is located 6 km away from Shumen, at 450 m above mean sea level. It stands on Ilchov bair Hill on the territory of Shumen Plateau Nature Park.

The idea to build the monument was conceived in 1977 during the preparations for the celebration of the 1300th anniversary since the establishment of the Bulgarian state (681). Construction began in August 1979 and the monument was officially opened on 28 November 1981. The monument was designed and built by sculptors Krum Damyanov and Ivan Slavov, architects Georgi Gechev and Blagoy Atanasov, artists Vladislav Paskalev and Stoyan Velev, and design engineer P. Hadzhov.

The Memorial Complex performs the following activities:

  • Guided tours in Bulgarian, Russian, German, English, French and Czech for the monument and Proto-Bulgarian yurt;
  • Information activities for the town and tourist sites near Shumen;
  • Sale of post cards, leaflets, etc .;
  • Wedding ceremonies;
  • Exhibitions of local artists and photographers;
  • Concerts;
  • Screenings of films with a historical, advertising and scientific theme;


Integrated tourist products were made - books, movies - under the "Roots of Bulgaria" Project 2013-2014, a joint work of the municipalities of Shumen, Kaspichan, Veliki Preslav, Bulgarian North-East Association and Varna Chamber of Tourist, financial support of the Operational Program "Regional Development" 2007-2013. They were presented at tourist exhibitions in Ultrek - the Netherlands, Italy, Prague, Romania and "Vacation and Spa 2014 and 2015".

The project "From here begins Bulgaria" 2013-2015, developed under the Operational Program "Regional Development", realizes activities on the water cascade - the approach to The Founders of the Bulgarian State Monument, renewal of the pavement and repair of the lighting.

Availability for visits: Yes, Paid, all year round, available guide, without access for people with disabilities

Transport accessibility: Road

Tourist Infrastructure: accommodation places near 6 km; nearby eating places; information center, souvenir stand, video hall, buffet, restaurant; meadows - an area of 300 decares, helicopter site, a replica of Proto-Bulgarian yurt, exhibition "Memorial art in the last decades of the XX century".