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A Monument of Colonel Petar Dimkov in Varna City, Bulgaria

The monument of Colonel Petar Dimkov was opened on March 26, 2013 with a military ritual and the laying of wreaths and flowers. The monument place is emblematic - just opposite the portal of the Eighth Infantry Sea Regiment in Varna, whose commander was the colonel. The initiative for the construction of the monument was initiated in 1996 by the team of the Park-Museum "Vladislav Varnenchik" and 17 years later the monument was already a fact. It is the work of the architect Encho Dimov and the sculpture Zhivko Donchev.

Bulgaria, City of Varna, Bulgaria

Type of WWI-heritage

  • War monument


The monument is a 3 meters high pedestal with a sculpture of Peter Dimkov.

State of repair/preservation

The monument is well preserved. It needs partial renovation.

Historical WWI Context

Petar Dimkov was born on 19 December 1886 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He participated in all wars for the unification of Bulgaria and was injured 8 times. He then discovered his ability to heal - he saved most of the cholera-hit soldiers. He was in the army until 1936 when he was transferred to the reserve as a colonel. Throughout his life he healed people with success gratuitously and he was called Peter Dimkov - the Healer. From his war period and for the follow-up history of Bulgaria he had many contributions. In Varna particularly he led the construction of the Asparuhov Shaft, the construction of the Arch of the Eighth Infantry Sea Regiment and the construction of the "Vladislav Varnenchik" Park - Mausoleum.

State of legal protection



Varna Municipality

Kind of cultural use of WWI

Currently the monument is not included in any touristic routs.


The monument is opened for visitors all the year round.

Entrance Fee

There is no entrance fee.

Information regarding cities, villages, other touristic attractions (non-WWI) nearby

Informational Centre Varna – address Varna 9000, St. St. Kiril and Metodij” Square, phone: +359 52 820690, work hours: 9:00-19:00

Varna Tourism Chamber – Varna 9005, Residential area Chayka, Block 128, phone: +359 52 612809, work hours 9:00 – 19:00

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University of Economics – Varna (

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Varna Roman Bath (

Fountain of Varna – a drone video (

People's Astronomical Observatory and Planetarium "Nikolay Copernicus" (

City Art Gallery Varna  (

Best Retro Museum of Socialism  (

Museum of Natural History (

Varna Aquarium (

Varna Zoo  (

Varna Assumption Cathedral  (






Grafitt Galery Hotel  (

Cherno More (

Boutique Splendid  (

Best Western  (

Public Transport

Nearby bus stop – „Chataldja” – bus number: 7, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 31a, 86, 118, 148

For further information see:

Further information sources

In  the Park Museum of Military Friendship 1444” Vladislav Varnenchik” there is a permanent exhibition hall reflecting the life and work of Petar Dimkov, in which  many personal items, letters, diaries, photographs, orders and medals and the colonel's sword are kept. A rich archive fund tells about the activities of Petar Dimkov, who led the construction of a number of cultural monuments, emblematic for the city of Varna. He has organized their construction, was the soul and the engine of this extremely patriotic, public initiative in the town, as a result of which appeared  the Park-museum "Vladislav Varnenchik", the monument Eighth Infantry Sea Regiment, Asparuhovo Shaft. He is among the creators of the Varna Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 1934-1935 Colonel Dimkov was the commander of the Eighth Infantry Sea Regiment.

There is a  three-dimensional edition of Bulgarian National Medicine (1977, 1991, 1993, 2008) of Petar Dimkov, which includes prescriptions and tips for natural and life-saving hygiene, nutrition, cosmetics, herbal medicine and spiritual practices. It is the successor to his main work, Natural History and Living, published in three volumes four times between 1926 and 1939.

Between 1944 and 1990 his books were banned from political censorship. Since 1990 his case has regained popularity.

Over the years there have been many books and directed films dedicated to Petar Dymkov and describing his life.

Other heritage sites nearby

Museums Private Collections

Varna Archeological Museum (

Varna Naval Museum  ((


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