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Exposition “Book Publishing in 19-20th century”

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The expositions of the Regional Historical Museum - Plovdiv reopens for visitors on 21.05.2020 (Thursday) and will run between 9:00 and 17:00 from Monday to Friday with weekends on Saturdays and Sundays.

The expositions "Unification of Bulgaria since 1885" 1 Saedinenie Square, 1, "Bulgarian Revival" Square, 1 Tsanko Lavrenov Street, "Book Publishing in Bulgaria in the Second Half of the 19th and the Beginning of the 20th Century" at 2 Metropolitan Paisii Street and the Museum Center for Contemporary History at 14 Angel Bukoreshtliev Street will accept visitors under the following conditions:

1. The entry into the exhibitions is done by two people, except for family visits. After purchasing a ticket, the halls are examined sequentially, and no more than two people or a family can be in one hall at the same time. Each museum building can have a maximum of ten visitors. The examination of the halls is carried out in one direction, and the re-examination of the halls is prohibited;

2. At least 1.5 meters of physical distance shall be observed between each of the visitors in the expositions;

3. All visitors are required to have a protective face mask for single or multiple use or other type of cloth that completely covers the nose and mouth / towel, scarf, helmet /;

4. At the entrance of the exposition a disinfectant is provided for obligatory disinfection of the hands of the visitors;

5. It is forbidden to touch the museum windows with your hands;

6. The anti-epidemic measure for observance of the physical distance of at least 1.5 meters shall be observed by all persons and in the courtyards of the museum;

7. In order to protect the health of employees and visitors, it is forbidden to give out disquisitions and group visits to the museum;

Exposition “Book Publishing in Bulgaria in the second half of 19th and the beginning of 20th century”

The exposition on the history of the Bulgarian book publishing in the city of Plovdiv and its region was opened in the house of the founder of the modern Bulgarian book publishing Hristo Gruev Danov in 1975. Unique samples of printed books of the Bulgarian National Revival are exhibited in six halls. Stages of the development of education have been traced back on the basis of the publisher work of Hristo G.Danov and Dragan Manchov, main suppliers of textbooks and training aids for the Bulgarian school, as well as the work of other eminent bookmen and educationalists, such as Hadzhi Nayden Yovanovich, Yoakim Gruev, etc. The role of the city of Plovdiv as a centre of the Bulgarian education and culture in the second half of 19th and the beginning of 20th century is reflected. Exact setting of Hristo Danov’s study has been reproduced, replica of a classroom of the time of the Bulgarian National Revival has been arranged. Printing equipment and a platen machine, original photos of the printing house of Hristo Danov in Plovdiv are displayed in the extension of the House-museum, and a bookshop with training aids and books resembling the style of the one-time bookseller shops has been restored there.

The building accommodating the exposition was erected in the mid 19th century and is typical of the architecture of the Bulgarian National Revival. Its foundation was made of stone and stood on the vertical rocks of Taximtepe (The Taxim Hill). The main facade was formed with a four-column wicket, which supported a richly decorated rocker gable. The one-floor residential section is an example of the widely spread Plovdiv symmetric house. The central section is occupied by a celebration salon with color drawn walls and wooden ceiling with carved composition called the Sun. Transition from ceiling to walls is richly painted with alternating 12 medallions of landscapes and 12 baskets of flowers. The book publisher’s study is drawn with an interesting chess ornament; one of the walls is occupied by cupboards with authentic carved doors. A large stove with original plastic plaster decoration was built in the northwest room. The wooden ceiling there was replaced by a plastered one bearing decorative portrait painting. Johann Gutenberg is depicted inside one of the four medallions.

The section of „Book publishing in Bulgaria in the second half of 19th and the beginning of 20th century” holds more than 5000 volumes of books, unique publications, geographic maps and school pictures and aids, items of everyday life, personal belongings and correspondence of Hristo Danov and his publisher’s house. The building is an architectural and historical monument of national importance. In 1974/1975 it was restored by the National Institute of Cultural Monuments upon the design of architect Dikidzhiev and painted by a group guided by the artist Zdislav Karchevski.

Summer working hours /April-October/: 9:30 – 18:00

Closed: Saturday and Sunday

Winter working hours /November-March/: 9:30 – 17:00

Closed: Saturday and Sunday

Day for a free-of-charge visit: First Thursday of each month

  • Historical period

  • Renaissance
  • Work time

  • Days off - Saturday and Sunday; Monday - Friday - 9:00 - 17:00