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The Virgin Mary Monument, Haskovo

The Highest in the world statue of the Holy Virgin Mary with the Infant was built to convey the respect, love and gratitude of the people to the Mother of God. The monument was inaugurated by a traditional water-sanctifying ritual by Archbishop Arseny in 2003. In 2005 it was included into the book of Guinness World Records, and since 2009 it was also entered into the List of the Hundred National Tourist Sights in Bulgaria.

The authors of the statue are Petyo Alexandrov, Nikola Stoyanov and team. It is made of polymer concrete and weighs 120 tons. The overall height of the monument is 32.8 meters, and its attractiveness is supplemented by The Nativity of the Virgin chapel, which was built insidethe base of the statue. The Yamacha Hill on which the Statue stands offers a fascinating breathtaking view over the city.

The idea to build the Monument of Virgin Mary belonged to the Mayor of Haskovo Georgi Ivanov, and was embraced and supported with donations by the general public of Haskovo. The symbolism was quite intentional rather than randomly selected. The Mother of God has always been considered to be the Patroness of the city. During the millennial history of the city, the Nativity of Virgin Mary has always been revered as one of the most important holy-days, and by Decision of the Municipal Board the 8–th of September was proclaimed to be the Day of Haskovo. 

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