Exposition „The Bulgarian National Revival”phone: 032 623 378 link: http://www.historymuseumplovdiv.org/
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
Day for a free-of-charge visit: First Thursday of each month