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| Great Prince of Roumelia
|Aleksander I in 1680|
|Great Prince of Roumelia|
|Reign||27 march 1680 - 26 october 1687|
|Coronation||16 april 1680|
|Mayor of Plovdiv|
|Reign||1 march 1671 - 14 august 1675|
|Spouse||Theodora of Greece|
|Aleksander Stanimirov Valchev|
|Born|| Aleksander Stanimirov |
17 january 1643
|Died|| 26 october 1687 |
|Religion||Eastern Orthodox Church|
He was, however, chased from power by the Ottoman authorities after he began to gain popularity from his nationalist politics. He was forced to go in exile with his family, and lived in the Austro-Hungarian Empire for the following two years, recruiting mercenaries in order to reclaim his lands.
In 1677, he was asked to return by his brother-in-law, who was leading a war in Greece for the independance of the region. With the help of his brother-in-law, he returned in Bulgaria was able to convince the population to rise against the Ottoman. The war ended in 1680, with the help of Europe kingdoms pressuring the Ottoman Empire. As the leader of the Balkan rebels, Aleksander created the Great Principality of Roumelia, and was crowned the same day as his brother-in-law, who became King of Greece.
He ruled the Great Principality for the years following his victory. However, Aleksander was never able to accomplish his dream of creating a Third Bulgarian Empire. His sudden death at the age of 44 put an end to any future project of the monarch. Roumelians considered him the father of Roumelia, and both dates of his coronation and death are national holidays.