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Paisii of Hilendar

 

Born 1722 in Bansko; died July 3, 1798, in Samokov. Ideologist of the 18th-century Bulgarian national liberation movement and historian of the Bulgarian renaissance.

Paisii was a monk of the Hilendar and Zograph monasteries. He wrote the Slavo-Bulgarian History (1762) using Bulgarian manuscripts, a Russian translation of the works of M. Orbini, the Annals of the Catholic monk C. Baronius, and other sources. Paisii’s work, circulated in many manuscript copies throughout Bulgaria during the 18th and 19th centuries, advocated an awakening of national consciousness, a national cultural revival, ecclesiastical independence, and liberation from the Ottoman yoke. It taught love for the Bulgarian fatherland and language. It told of the existence of Bulgarian statehood and culture before the Turkish conquest, giving a detailed account of the history of the first and second Bulgarian kingdoms. Paisii’s History played an important role in awakening and strengthening the national consciousness of the Bulgarian people during their renaissance.

PUBLICATION

Istoriia slavenobolgarskaia: Nikiforov prepis ot 1772. Prepared for publication by Boniu St. Angelov. Sofia, 1961.

REFERENCES

Paisii Khilendarski i negovata epokha. Sofia, 1962.
Nikitin, S. A. “Paisii Khilendarskii i sovremennaia emu iuzhno-slavianskaia istoriografiia.” In the collection Slavianskoe istochnikovedenie. Moscow, 1965.
Konobeev, V. D. Bulgarskoto natsionalnoosvoboditelno dvizhenie: Ideologiia, programma, razvitie. Sofia, 1972.
Khristov, Khr. Paisii Khilendarski. Sofia, 1972.

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The new coin will be bigger than the BGN 1 coin and will feature Saint Paisius of Hilendar or Paisiy Hilendarski, a Bulgarian clergyman and a key figure of the Bulgarian National Revival of the 1800s who is also depicted on the BGN 2 note.
The new coin will be bigger than the BGN 1 coin and will feature Saint Paisius of Hilendar or PaA[logical not]siy HilendA rski, a Bulgarian clergyman and a key Bulgarian National Revival figure.
The BGN 2 coin will be slightly larger than the current BGN 1 coin and will portray Saint Paisius of Hilendar, a key figure of the Bulgarian National Revival depicted on the BGN 2 note.