Papers of BAS, Humanities and Social Sciences

Vol. 4, No 1, 2017

ETHNOLOGY

CULTURAL HERITAGE ON FOREIGN TERRITORY: BULGARIAN MONUMENTS IN BUCHAREST AND ROME

Lina Gergova and Yana Gergova

Abstract: Many cities are connected with Bulgaria and Bulgarians in historical and political perspective – however, Rome and Bucharest certainly are among the most important. Italian and Romanian capitals host several monuments of persons who are in the heart of the national pantheon – the memory of poets, rebellions, politicians is built for generations in sculptures and plaques. These particular memorial places have a different life – usually they are not significant for the local people but are of high impor­tance for the migrants and for the Bulgarian state and its representatives.

In the proposed article we aim to present diverse attitude towards these monu­ments from the point of view of local people and authorities, of Bulgarian migrants/minorities and of Bulgarian officials in the two cities. Our analysis is based on various materials collected in 2014-2016 and is trying to incorporate the perspective of cultural heritage abroad and in migration and the ideas of urban memorial spaces and con­nected public rituals as essential part of the nation-building.

Key words: Bulgarians in Bucharest, Bulgarians in Rome, commemorations, monuments, ceremonies, heritage, migrant communities