House of Nikola Nedkovichphone: 032 626 216 link: http://oldplovdiv.com/sights/6
House of Nikola Nedkovich
The house of the prosperous Karlovo-born fabric merchant Nikola Nedkovich was built in 1863. The splendid house excels with the most exuberant exterior decoration in the historic reserve. Today, this is one of the very few houses that have preserved original artefacts belonging to the primary owners.
The home belongs to the classical examples of a symmetric Plovdiv house. It is a two-floor building with a symmetric plan, a high ground floor and a gorgeously shaped gate.
The ground floor of the house impresses with its unique ceiling carvings and ornate murals, which have been preserved in their original state without the aid of restoration work. The upper floor is notable for the distinctive style of its decoration. Here the spirit of Western Europe endures a strong presence through a superb collection of period furniture.
With the appealing functionality of architectural solutions, the inner yard of the compound allures visitors towards an underground tunnel, which connects the cellar with the street, as well as a covered passage leading from the kitchen into the main building.
The owner Nikola Nedkovich dealed in Istanbul and other cities, later held a position to the District Governor of Plovdiv. After the death of his daughter the house becomes municipal property. It was restored during the period 1964-1969 and Nikola Nedechkovich’s house was turned into a museum. Conservation and restoration were made with the help of a Bulgarian-Japanese “Programme for restoration of monuments of culture in The Old Town of Plovdiv” (UNESCO) in 2005. Nedkovich House is an immovable cultural and historical architectural value of the category “national significance”.
Nedkovich House is of the most sought venues for hosting cultural events in the Old Town. A great number of creative activities and initiatives take place here all the year round.
Summer working hours /April-October/: 9:00 – 18:00
Winter working hours /November-March/: 9:00 – 17:30
Closed: Saturday and Sunday
Day for a free-of-charge visit: First Thursday of each month – for students and retirees