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Vasil Levski

1837 - 1873

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Vasil Levski (Bulgarian: Васил Левски, spelled in old Bulgarian orthography as Василъ Лѣвскій, pronounced [vɐˈsiɫ ˈlɛfski]), born Vasil Ivanov Kunchev (Васил Иванов Кунчев; 18 July 1837 – 18 February 1873), was a Bulgarian revolutionary who is, today, a national hero of Bulgaria. Dubbed the Apostle of Freedom, Levski ideologised and strategised a revolutionary movement to liberate Bulgaria from Ottoman rule. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vasil Levski has received more than 421,484 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Vasil Levski is the 120th most popular social activist (down from 109th in 2019), the 31st most popular biography from Bulgaria (up from 33rd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Bulgarian Social Activist.

Vasil Levski was a Bulgarian revolutionary who led a revolt against Ottoman rule in the late 19th century.

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Among social activists, Vasil Levski ranks 120 out of 538Before him are Hilda Gadea, Rashid ad-Din Sinan, Vesna Vulović, Denis Mukwege, Flora Tristan, and Maria Altmann. After him are Alfred Naujocks, Alexander Parvus, Meng Huo, Gerda Christian, John Brown, and Mangal Pandey.

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Among people born in 1837, Vasil Levski ranks 21Before him are Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders, Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse, John Newlands, Ivan Kramskoi, Georges Ernest Boulanger, and Francis, Duke of Teck. After him are Empress Dowager Ci'an, Ilia Chavchavadze, Rosalía de Castro, Stephanie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, Émile Waldteufel, and Pierre Auguste Cot. Among people deceased in 1873, Vasil Levski ranks 12Before him are John of Saxony, Alessandro Manzoni, Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria, Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Alexandru Ioan Cuza, and Fyodor Tyutchev. After him are Amélie of Leuchtenberg, Johns Hopkins, Émile Gaboriau, Louis Agassiz, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, and Princess Charlotte of Württemberg.

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Among people born in Bulgaria, Vasil Levski ranks 31 out of 372Before him are Sylvie Vartan (1944), Kaloyan of Bulgaria (1168), Ivan Asen II of Bulgaria (1195), Ratko Janev (1939), Vlado Chernozemski (1897), and Christian Rakovsky (1873). After him are Aleksandar Stamboliyski (1879), Ivan Shishman of Bulgaria (1350), Peter I of Bulgaria (927), Rumen Radev (1963), Boris Christoff (1914), and Ivan Alexander of Bulgaria (1300).


Among social activists born in Bulgaria, Vasil Levski ranks 2Before him are Vlado Chernozemski (1897). After him are Dimitrana Ivanova (1881).