Monument to Borimechka
Location: Klisura, Bulgaria
Sculptor: Metodi Izmirliev
Genre: Socialist monument, former Eastern Bloc
The monument is dedicated to Ivan Tankov, a hero of the April Uprising of 1876. He attempted to defend the town of Klisura with just 200 rebels against a unit of bashi-bazouk numbering more than 2000 men. Defeated by the overpowering Turkish forces, he was captured and shipped to, what is today, Acre in Israel. He acquired the nickname borimechka (wrestler) after capturing two bears. More information about Bulgaria’s communist-era monuments and memorials.
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