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Published on : Wednesday, September 6, 2017
The tourism ministry of Bulgaria is looking forward to create a brand new religious tour that is expected to attract more Russian travellers eager to go on a pilgrimage to the sacred sites of this country.
Currently Bulgaria is making attempts to set up a special pilgrimage program for Russiand entitled ‘On Bulgaria’s Routes of Memory’ in collaboration with the Russian Federal Tourism Agency and the Russian Orthodox Church, as declared by the Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism.
The ministry said that the demand for religious tourism has already grown of late.
Several groups of pilgrims from Yekaterinburg and Moscow are believed to arrive in the country in 2017.
The ministry has mentioned in a statement that Russians demonstrate a marked interest in historic and cultural tours of the nation thanks to its multiple monasteries, churches and religious vacations included in their list of destinations. The religious route that was drafted in partnership with the Russian church would be including the most popular monasteries of Bulgaria like the ones in Troyan, Bachkovo and Rila.
The ministry states that another place drawing thousands of Russiand tourists in the house and church of the legendary Baba Vanga, the Bulgarian clairvoyant in the spectacular Rupite area of south-west Bulgaria.
This blind mystic who had passed away in 1996 was visited by several Bulgarian and former Soviet leaders who had sought her counsel. The ministry therefore said that Vanga is very popular in Russia and so anything and everything associated to her carries a magnetic aura.
Russia and Bulgaria would be seeking to boost their tourism relations at a bilateral tourism forum that would be hosted as a part of the Days of Russian Spiritual Culture event.