Read on to discover more about the most famous and influential people from Bulgaria.

Bulgaria, a country in southeastern Europe, boasts of having one of the richest folk heritages in the world. The history, culture and heritage of the country has been influenced by a number of ancient civilizations, including the Thracians, Ancient Greeks, Romans, Ostrogoths, Slavs, Varangians and especially Bulgars. Owing to their rich heritage, Bulgarians have played a major role in influencing the development of European arts and culture, and have made immense contributions to humanity, especially over the past two centuries. One of the earliest known composers of Medieval Europe was Yoan Kukuzel who reformed the entire Byzantine musical writing system.

Nina DobrevNina Dobrev
(Actress)

09 January 1989

Sofia

Capricorn

Hristo BotevHristo Botev
(Bulgarian Revolutionary)

06 January 1848

01 June 1876

Kalofer

Capricorn

Stefka KostadinovaStefka Kostadinova
(Olympic athlete)

25 March 1965

Plovdiv

Aries

Georgi IvanovGeorgi Ivanov
(Cosmonaut)

02 July 1940

Lovech

Cancer

Elin PelinElin Pelin
(Writer)

08 July 1877

03 December 1949

Bailovo

Cancer

Peyo YavorovPeyo Yavorov
(Poet)

01 January 1878

17 October 1914

Chirpan

Capricorn

Dora GabeDora Gabe
(Poet)

26 August 1886

16 November 1983

Dabovik

Virgo

Dimitar BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
(Association football player)

30 January 1981

Blagoevgrad

Aquarius

Kubrat PulevKubrat Pulev
(Boxer)

04 May 1981

Sofia

Taurus

Grigor DimitrovGrigor Dimitrov
(Tennis player)

16 May 1991

Haskovo

Taurus

Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
(Chess player)

15 March 1975

Ruse

Pisces

Georgi MarkovGeorgi Markov
(Writer, Journalist)

01 March 1929

11 September 1978

Sofia

Pisces

Valeri BojinovValeri Bojinov
(Association football player)

15 February 1986

Gorna Oryahovitsa

Aquarius

Irina BokovaIrina Bokova
(Diplomat, Politician, General director)

12 July 1952

Sofia

Cancer

Blagoy IvanovBlagoy Ivanov
(Mixed martial artist)

09 October 1986

Sandanski

Libra

Todor ZhivkovTodor Zhivkov
(Politician)

07 September 1911

05 August 1998

Pravets

Virgo

Tzvetan TodorovTzvetan Todorov
(Non-fiction writer, Historian, Semiologist, Literary critic)

01 March 1939

07 February 2017

Sofia

Pisces

Rosen PlevnelievRosen Plevneliev
(Politician, Engineer, Entrepreneur)

14 May 1964

Gotse Delchev

Taurus

Stiliyan PetrovStiliyan Petrov
(Association football player)

05 July 1979

Montana

Cancer

Aleksandar VezenkovAleksandar Vezenkov
(Basketball player)

06 August 1995

Nicosia

Leo

Martin PetrovMartin Petrov
(Association football player)

15 January 1979

Vratsa

Capricorn

Ivelin PopovIvelin Popov
(Association football player)

26 October 1987

Sofia

Scorpio

Aleksandar TonevAleksandar Tonev
(Association football player)

03 February 1990

Elin Pelin

Aquarius

Kristalina GeorgievaKristalina Georgieva
(Economist, University teacher)

13 August 1953

Sofia

Leo

Volen SiderovVolen Siderov
(Photographer, Journalist, Writer, Politician)

19 April 1956

Yambol

Aries

Georgi ParvanovGeorgi Parvanov
(Politician, Historian)

28 June 1957

Sirishtnik

Cancer

Ahmed DoganAhmed Dogan
(Politician)

29 March 1954

Pchelarovo, Dobrich Province

Aries

Christian RakovskyChristian Rakovsky
(Military physician, Politician, Diplomat, Journalist, Writer, Physician, Lawyer)

13 August 1873

11 September 1941

Kotel

Leo

Stanimir StoilovStanimir Stoilov
(Association football player, Association football manager)

13 February 1967

Haskovo

Aquarius

Filip Kutev, a 20th century composer is credited to have established a new Bulgarian choral tradition. Bulgarians are also famed for their artistic abilities, especially in the creation of frescoes, murals and icons. Equally renowned for their architectural abilities, architects such as Victoria Angelova Vinarova and Andrey Damyanov were considered pioneering master-builders of their times. Modern day Bulgarians are proudly taking forward the rich legacy of their forefathers and are making important contributions to the fields of arts, literature, sports, science and technology, politics, and economics. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Bulgarians.

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