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Aleko Konstantinov was born 143 years ago on that date

Aleko Konstantinov was born 143 years ago on that date

1/1/2009 4:51:43 AM

That date 146 years ago, the great BG writer Aleko Konstantinov was born in the town of Svishtov on the Danube River. He is most famous for his literary hero Baj Ganyo (considered a collective figure of his contemporary post-liberation vulgar type of person), as well as for his travel books, articles and feuilletons.

An eminent lawyer, he was one of the creators of the Democratic Party in Bulgaria. He was also an ardent tourist and mountaineer - he created the BG organised tourist movement in the country. On August 27th, 1885, he organised a group of 300 people who collectively climbed up to Mt. Cherni Vruh in Vitosha. He created and wrote for the Zname (i.e. Flag) newspaper.

He was brutally killed on May 11th, 1897m at the age of just 34. His murder triggered the first political unrest of Bulgarian students. 

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