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Exposition „The Bulgarian National Revival”

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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 „The Bulgarian National Revival” is found within the Architectural and Historical Reserve „Ancient Plovdiv” (The Old Town) in the house of Dimitar Georgiadi, a cultural monument of national importance. The house was erected by the master-builder Hadzhi Georgi of the Rhodope village of Kosovo on commission of the wealthy Bulgarian craftsman Georgi Kendindenoglou in 1848. Till the mid 20th century it was occupied by the successors of his son-in-law Dimitar Georgiadi, the last of whom sold it to the municipality of Plovdiv.

Georgiadi House is an example of the widely spread in the 19th century architectural type, the so-called Plovdiv symmetric house. Around spacious halls, in the middle of each floor, there were four rooms symmetrically situated. The facade walls and house interior are affluently decorated with geometric and plant ornaments and zoomorphic figures. One unique element of the house is the hall on the first floor formed as an indoor courtyard. It represents an original continuation of the street towards the backyard. The second floor of the Georgiadi House is the most representative one, with its colorful interior drawing, beautifully carved wooden ceilings, doors and cupboards, and characteristic decorative wall recesses, called alafranga.

Following the first restoration of 1961 a museum exposition dedicated to the Bulgarian National Revival and the National Liberation struggles has been setup there. In 2006-2007 the building was restored upon the project of the government of Japan and UNESCO, as the exposition was modernized and renewed. 
„The Bulgarian National Revival” Exposition traces back the history of the city of Plovdiv in the period 15-19th century. It takes an area of 825 m2, composed of ten halls and two salons, with the appropriate artistic layout, which does not impair the interior design of the house. Visitors are able to touch and be absorbed into the atmosphere of the remote past of the town owing to the rich material, documental and photo evidences of the exposition, which was a time of foreign rule, but also a time of preservation of the national identity of the Bulgarian people. The halls on the first floor display the ethnic diversity and economic development of Plovdiv during the Ottoman rule. On the second and third floor the topics of the struggle for new Bulgarian education, separate church and national independence have been elaborated.

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

Tuesday: 12:30 – 18:00

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

Tuesday: 12:30 – 17:00

Closed: 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