site.bta King Ferdinand's Coffin Will Be Lowered into Family Crypt Tomb at the Royal Palace of Vrana

 King Ferdinand's Coffin Will Be Lowered into Family Crypt Tomb at the Royal Palace of Vrana
 King Ferdinand's Coffin Will Be Lowered into Family Crypt Tomb at the Royal Palace of Vrana
Prof. Stoyanovich (left) and Assoc. Prof. Shalafov of the initiative committee for the return of the remains of King Ferdinand I at the joint news briefing (BTA Photo)

On Thursday, the coffin of King Ferdinand will be lowered into its tomb in the family crypt at the Royal Palace of Vrana within in a close family circle, said here on Wednesday at a joint news conference Prof. Peter Stoyanovich of the initiative committee for the return of the remains of King Ferdinand I, also attended by Assoc. Prof. Ivaylo Shalafov.

The two spoke to the media after the coffin with the remains of King Ferdinand I was laid in the central lobby of Vrana Palace. When one day the final reconstruction of the palace is completed, there will be access to the crypt itself, added Stoyanovich.

Preparations for the return of Tsar Ferdinand to Bulgaria lasted about six months, said Stoyanovich. He explained that in the years between World War I and World War II the return was impossible for internal and foreign political reasons, after World War II until the "outbreak" of democracy - again for external and internal political reasons. All parliamentary groups supported the return of the late Bulgarian King’s remains in writing, he added.

In the 31 years he was at the helm of the Bulgarian state, King Ferdinand had 25 years of peaceful rule, followed by six years of wartime. It is not possible that six military years could erase what was done for the modernization and Europeanization of Bulgaria in the remaining 25, Prof. Stoyanovich said. King Ferdinand does not bear the sole credit for Bulgaria becoming a European state, but he was at the forefront of this movement.

In the same way, the loss of three wars cannot be the fault of one man alone, it is a common war in which he, of course, stands in the first place, he said.

Only the coffin with the remains of King Ferdinand has been brought to Bulgaria, the sarcophagus will continue to be exhibited in the tomb in Coburg, explained Stoyanovich.

King Ferdinand was a dedicated man of science and at the age of 18 made a scientific journey to the mouth of the Amazon, said Prof. Shalafov. He showed Ferdinand's personal documents, among which was the passport with which he arrived in Bulgaria in 1887.

/MY/

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