It is a medieval Bulgarian empire founded in AD 632 near the Danube Delta and dissolved in 1018 after it was annexed to the Empire. Byzantine In its heyday, the Bulgarian Empire spanned areas from Budapest. To the Black Sea And from the Neepurs River in present-day Ukraine to the Adriatic Sea The First Bulgarian Empire replaces the Second Bulgarian Empire established in 1185, the country's official name since its inception is “Bulgaria.
The culture of Bulgaria is based on an interesting blend of Thracian, Slavic and Bulgar traditions, along with the influence of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Many ancient customs remain, such as Thracian fire dancing, which is recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.