March the 3th is a very special date in my country's history. After almost five centuries of Ottoman domination, on this day, 130 years ago, the Bulgarian state was reestablished as the Principality of Bulgaria. This event was a result of The Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878) that consisted of four battles between Russia and the Ottoman Empire. The image on the left is a replica of the actual memorial, raised on the top of the historic Shipka Pass where the crucial military actions took place. Additional information on the subject is available here and here. Optionally, there's a vast collection of photographs (including ones of The Shipka Monastery) over at Flickr and Photobucket.