The 130th anniversary of the death of Exarch Antim I will be honoured on November 29, 2018 (Thursday). The event is organized by the Thracian Society "Strandzha" in the church of St. Mary (near the Commercial High School in Burgas) at 10:30. After the event an exhibition will be opened in the Ethnographic Exhibition of RHM-Burgas (behind the St. St. Cyril and Methodius Church) with photographs from the life path of the prominent Bulgarian cleric.
Antim I was the first Bulgarian exarch (1872), a prominent politician and public figure, who remained in history mostly as a defender of the idea of an independent Bulgarian church and its role as a unification of the Bulgarians. He was born in 1816 in Lozengrad, Eastern Thrace (now Kirklareli in Turkey).
His mission to impose the independence of the Bulgarian Church took him briefly to Burgas in 1872, where he was welcomed by the Bulgarian community in the city.
The whole life route of Exarch Antim I is connected with the defence of the Bulgarians in Eastern Thrace and after the Liberation continues to seek a way for the unification and welfare of the Bulgarian people.