- SIZE approximately = 14.8 x 10.5 cm.
Bulgarian hospital "Evlogi Georgiev" in Istanbul was built on the idea of Dr. George Vylkovich, then diplomatic representative in Constantinople.
In a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dimitar Grekov in 1891 he backs the idea to build a Bulgarian hospital in the city. Bulgarian government granted the necessary funds, and 3 years. Later, during the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Bulgarian Exarchate, the idea goes from Bulgarian benefactor company "Joseph I". Evlogi Georgiev, who at that time was in Bucharest, learned about the initiative of the company and make a donation. After his death, Ivan Evstratiev Geshov brings the amount for the completion of the building and interior of the hospital.
With donations and help Bulgarians from Bessarabia and Europe. Funds sent our Metropolises in Macedonia and Thrace and the Principality. At the request of Exarch Joseph and with the sultan of July 12, 1896, began the construction of the hospital, which lasted 3 years. The building was completed in 1900. On 10 December 1901 the hospital was inaugurated by Exarch Joseph. The official opening happens on April 25, 1902 The maintenance of the hospital becomes fees from patients, donations, aside from permanent means of Bulgarian governments.
During the so. Called. Regenerative process in Bulgaria in June 1988 the Turkish authorities put the hospital under his control, fire Bulgarian personnel and sell the archive. Since then, attempts by the Bulgarian authorities hospital to be returned, but to no avail.