Monument to Pencho Dvoryanov
Bogdan village, Karlovo municipality, Plovdiv region
Viktor Todorov started working on the Pencho Dvoryanov monument at the end of the 1960s. The conceptual project got the official approval and then was implemented.
The monument is located in the center of the village of Bogdan, on a kind of square, surrounded on one side by the community center and on the other by a park. Just behind the monument passes the bed of the tributary of the Stryama River, which overflowed in 2022 and caused an unprecedented disaster. We took the photos of the monument in 2023, and the consequences of the destruction were still visible everywhere in the village. But the monument stood undamaged.
Except for the falling tiles from the lining, which, however, happened a long time before the disaster, and is a testimony of lack of management.
Pencho Dvoryanov was born in September 1881 in today’s village of Bogdan. He has been a member of the BLSDP (Bulgarian Labor Social Democratic Party (Narrow Socialists)) since 1903. He participated in the wars for national unification (1912 – 1918), and then, in 1919, he was elected mayor of the commune in his native village of Bogdan. Member of Bulgarian Parliament in the 19th Ordinary National Assembly (1920 – 1923).
The monument is a geometric composition, developed on an open area and with a large square footage. Two parallel parallelepipeds with an elevation of about 10 meters symbolize the height and feat of the fallen. A bas-relief portrait of Pencho Dvoryanov, made of Vratsa stone, was installed. On the memorial plaque, his name is written first, and then are listed the names of those who died during the wars, riots and uprisings from the vicinity of the village of Bogdan, covering the years from 1925 to 1945.
Despite the depressing picture and the sense of doom in the village of Bogdan, the general condition of the monument is quite good and it continues to fulfill its purpose.
Find all photos of the monument with the possibility of detailed enlargement here: