The museum is housed in a unique building (an architectural monument of culture), which is situated in a wonderful park.
Built in the beginning of the 1920s, the building had originally been planed to be a Muslim religious school but it never came to perform such a function. It became a museum between 1980-1983.
The exhibition halls are situated on three floors, with a total area of 1300 square meters.
The Archaeology Section (from the Neolithic Age to the late Bulgarian Middle Ages) is displayed in 9 halls on the first floor. One can see there collections of tools, objects from everyday life, Thracian motive tablets, coins, pottery, medieval jewels and a church plate.
This section includes the replicas of Neolithic dwellings and of a Thracian tomb which I particulary like.
On the second floor are arranged specimens of animated and non-animated nature from the Eastern Rhodopes under the Nature Section. The animated nature is presented through herbariums of rare and protected plants, herbs, while photos show rare animal species from the Eastern Rhodopes. The non-animated nature is presented through the collections of minerals and precious stones.
There are also color Photos of natural landmarks such as "The Stone Wedding", "The Forest Turned to Stone", "The Broken Mountain", "The Devil's Bridge".
On the third floor one will find the Ethnography Section. There are exhibits of the main means of living of the population, the types of traditional folk costumes. There are also jewels as well as woodcarving decoration.
The replicas of a dairy, of coal, cotton and homespun cloth workshops are quite nice too.
I paid 50 stotinki (EUR 0.25) but I am not sure if the same price applies for forigners.
9:00am - 5:00pm (except Monday)
It took me about an hour and a half.
The monastery was founded in 6th - 8th century. It was the natural center of Christianity in the Rhodopes.
There were several churches, built one by one. Their style is a typical Byzantine, especially the Athon style. The monastery was the center of one of the most important Byzantine Archbishop - Ahridos.
In the end of 1998 a tomb of a very high ranked priest was discovered, probably an Archbishop, because he was dressed in the very special religious garments, worn only by high ranked priests. The garments were made of golden silk - the unique and mysterious Byzantine technique, long vanished in the centuries.
In 2000 the completely restored church began to function again after more than 600 years.
Unfortunatelly, when I went there, the church was closed and I could only walk around the building. I have no idea what are the opening hours.
Uspenie Bogorodichno Monestary is a newly built monestary. It was constructed in the period 2000 - 2003 and it has opened its doors to the public in September 2003.
The monestary is very picturosque and it is pleasent to walk around the yard. The have cute cats too :)
I find it a bit strange that a new monestary was built in Kurdjali because a lot of muslims live there.
I went there in the afternoon and it was opened. I am not sure what are the opening hours.
It did not took me more than 15 minutes to look around.
free of charge.
Here you will find some pictures I made there:
Uspenie Bogorodichno Monestary L%*
Museum of history
The Historical Museum of Kurdjali was created in 1965. The cultural objects of national importance are 30. The most prominent and interesting places are the prehistorical hill near Sedlare, the Roman villa Armira near Ivailovgrad, the middle age monastery complex Joan Prodrome, the Thracian palace Perpericon, the fortresses Ustra, Borivica, Monjak and many others.
Don't miss to see the clock tower. One of the most famous attractions in Kardjali. It sings on every hour. Maybe there is no other in Bulgaria!
Kardjali City Center
Kardjali dam lake
A favourite place for many people in KJ. Great summer time open air restaurants, variety of drinks and cocktails. Water skiing and sand beach. And a great place for fishing of course!!!
Kardjali city center
The complex was of very great religious importance not only for the Thracians, but for the whole ancient world - Greeks, Persians, Macedonians… According to the ancient legends and some of the modern scholars, that was the place where Alexander the Great learned his destiny - to conquer the world and to die 33 years old. The complex existed for almost 3000 years. Later, it was a very important fortress of Byzantine, Latin Empire and Bulgaria.
Its main fund is situated on three floors – archeology, nature and ethnography. There are more than 37 000 pieces of interest in its fund. More than 180 archeological objects are registered.
The museum is on 3 floors. On the first one there is an exposition of the ancient times - all the history of the region. On the second floor is situated the nature exhibition and also there is a gallery. In my opinion the last floor is the most interesting – it’s ethnographical exposition. The architecture of the museum is also amazing
It is a rock phenomenon near Beli Plast village in Bulgaria, on the road between Haskovo and Kardzhali. They are about 2.5 metres tall. Also interesting kinds of birds can be observed in the area: Short-Toed Eagle, Egyptian Vulture, Red-rumped Swallow, Black-eared Wheatear
These are formations of stone that look like 2 people getting married and all the guests. The legend says: in the past no one should have seen the bride’s face during the wedding and is somebody see it, the Gods turn him into stone. On this one there was a strong wind which blew away the bridal veil and everybody saw her face. Therefore, they all were turned into stones.
Actually the place is fascinating, it’s on a little hill, in the middle of the beauty.
The St John the Precursor monastery is located in the Veselchane quarter of the town of Kardzhali. The monastery, of which the church is the only building that has been restored to date, represents an impressive medieval monument of culture, found by chance during construction works last century.
Kardzhali is lying between the two lakes Kardzhali and Studen Kladenec,built on the Arda River. The Kurdzhali Dam reservoir is a great place for water sports and fishing and was recently filled with different kind of fish.
Perperikon – this is an ancient Thracian city, dating from 5000 years B.C. It was reconstructed later from the Romans and finally from the Bizantines. A church was discovered there and probably it looked like basilica, which is the most typical form of an early Christian religious temple. The town was probably used by 13-14 century
Be careful to take comfortable shoes cause there are steep rocks to climb(but it is all touristic, don’t worry)
We only spent a little over an hour in Kardzali, which is not a really inviting town. Still the History & Ethnographic Museum is well worth the visit. A relatively small museum located in a grand building, it includes a very interesting collection of costumes and information on the region. The archeology section on the ground floor is really impressive, including wall decorations of a Roman villa. Worth the visit from Perperikon (a half-hour drive) on a rainy day.
Housed in a three storey Ottoman building, the Regional Museum of History in Kardzhali is town's top attraction. On the ground floor ancient Thracian findings are exposed, while the second and the third floor are dedicated to the rich folklore life of the Eastern Rhodope. Ticket costs 5 lv while an additional charge of 15 lv for taking photos is needed.
The Monastery of the Assumption of Virgin Mary is located at the quarter of Gledka, some 5 km SW from the centre of Kardzhali on the way to Momchilgrad. A calm and spiritual place that worths a visit!