Vasil Aprilov

Vasil Evstatiev Aprilov (Bulgarian: Васил Евстатиев Априлов) (21 July 1789 – 2 October 1847) was a Bulgarian educator.[1] He studied in Moscow, graduated from a high school in Braşov and then pursued a medical degree in Vienna. After 1811 he was a merchant in Odessa. He initially participated in the Greek revolutionary movement, but later devoted himself to the Bulgarian Renaissance, thanks to Yuriy Venelin, whose book "The Ancient and Present Bulgarians" (1829), aroused in Imperial Russia a special interest in them.[2] From then on, he began to gather Bulgarian folk songs. In his will he left a large amount of money for building the Aprilovska High School in Gabrovo. This was to be the first Bulgarian secular school using the Bell-Lancaster method.[3] The emergence of this school gave a boost to Bulgarian education and soon other schools were opened all over the Bulgarian-populated regions of the Ottoman empire.

Vasil Aprilov
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Bulgarian educator
Born(1789-07-21)21 July 1789
Died2 October 1847(1847-10-02) (aged 58)
Galaţi, Moldavia (present-day Romania)

Aprilov Point on Greenwich Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica is named for Vasil Aprilov.


  1. ^ MacDermott, Mercia (1962). A History of Bulgaria 1395–1885. New York: Frederick A. Praeger. p. 125. Retrieved 18 June 2021 – via Internet Archive.
  2. ^ Manufacturing Middle Ages: Entangled History of Medievalism in Nineteenth-Century Europe. 2013. ISBN 9789004244870.
  3. ^ Crampton, Richard J. (1997). A Concise History of Bulgaria. Cambridge University Press. pp. 60–62. ISBN 0-521-56719-X.

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