Dimcho Debelianov’s House
The house where Dimcho Debelianov was born still holds the magic radiating from the poetry of this most tender of Bulgarian poets. Stepping through the wooden gate, a visitor will immediately be drawn into a lovely yard with ancient pines and picturesque cherry trees. A small wooden house with walls of deep blue stands in the middle of the rich verdure and luscious fragrance.
The beauty of his own home and town remained in the poet’s soul until his last breath. The emotionally intense life-poetry of Dimcho Debelianov ended tragically when he was only 29. He was killed in World War One, on 02.10.1916, near Demir Hisar.
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The house was build between 1853 - 1856 by order of the wealthy Koprivshtiza merchant Nencho Oslekov. Built by Usta Mincho and Kosta Zograf - representatives of the Samokov architectural school, Oslekov’s house fascinates with its rich exterior and interior decorations.
3 columns of Lebanese cedar support the ceiling of a spacious saloon on the second floor. The outside walls of the saloon are adorned with paintings of various exotic places and cities.
Now it is ethnograpic museum.
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Monument of those who died in the Patriotic war
Monument for the residents of the town who died in the Patriotic war (1944 – 1945),The names of those who died for anti-fascist struggles are carved on stones, next to the monument and represent the deed of the patriots.
The home of Rashko H. Stoychev
Stoychev was a combatant in the April uprising. In this particular house of Rashko Stoychev, the Revolutionary Committee of the town of Koprivshtitsa decided to declare the beginning of the historical uprising.
The tomb of Todor Kableshkov
This tomb is located in the yard of the “Assumption of the Holy Mother of God” church.
In 1876 Todor Kableshkov became the author of the so-called “Bloody letter” – the so famous rebellion proclamation that spread the flame of the insurrection. After the uprrising he got captured by the Turkish authorities. After in the Tarnovski prisons he was taken to the prison of Gabrovo, where he died.
The “St. Cyril and Methodius” School
The “St. Cyril and Methodius” is the first class school in Bulgaria, built in 1837 with the means from local merchants. It is a good example Revival architecture and the school has now an art gallery.
In 1928 this was placed on the Kalacheviat most bridge as the April uprising broke here on 20 April 1976. The first Ottoman who died in the uprising was killed here on that bridge and the prominent revolutionary Kableshkov used his blood to write the famous “Bloody letter”. Author of the commemorative plaque is the sculptor Dudulov.
St nicolas Church
The “St. Nicolas” church was built in 1845 and is called by the locals The New Church. The church is surrounded by high monastery wall. The church treasures many precious works from the Bulgarian Revival, such as icons and wood-carvings.
The Mausoleum of the residents of Apriltsi
To honor the people who struggled against the Ottomans in 1876, in 1928, some 50 years after the uprising, their fellow-townsmen built the impressive stone mausoleum of the residents on the central “20-th April” square. The mausoleum was designed by Architect Tsvetkov.
Pedro Doganov house
The house is build by masters from Plovdiv in 1815. it has a beautifull wooden façade. It has high stone walls. It belonged to a wealthy man. In the old days the house was conncted to a yard where servants lived. During the resauration they found a tunnel under the street that connected the house with the house of Daganov’s brother. The same artists from Plovdiv that painted the Sanct Nicolas painted the murals and did the wood carvinds.
Assumption of the Holy Mother Church
This church was build in 1817 over the ruins if a temple that gor burned by the turks. It is one of the greatest archievemts of the local architactural work. According to the legend the church was build in eleven days. In 1821 Hadji Georgi made wonderful woodwork of icons. The paintings were done by Spasofski and Zograf, contemporary famous painters.
Benkovski (1844-76), Bulgarian revolutionary leader. He continued Levski's work of establishing Bulgarian revolutionary committees, and organised the country in four revolutionary districts. He led the insurgent cavelry on exploits. Benkovski is considered as the leader of the April Uprising in 1876. He died in battle with the Turks in Plovdiv. The house is build in 1831.
The house has a double saircase and a yoke shaped decorated entrance. It was build for a yoghurt merchant who was very wealthy. It has beautifull murals temples and casteles are depicted. There is a large collcetion of Vienna furniture It one of the best preserved house museums in town. It has a magnificant salon with carved ceilings. The lower floor displays local costumes
This is from origin a reading room. A place where books are kept for public use. These buildings date from the ninetheenth century. Later on these institutions became multi-functional. Now they serve a community centers. They have played a role in preserving and devellopping the Bulgairian culture, so they served a function during the national revival. In modern times there is also cinema and theater in them.
One of the many arching stone bridges. Most of them were build in ninetheenth century. This brigde was build in 1813 with the means of Kalachev, whose grandson a century later reconstructed the bridge. At this bridge in 1876 the first Ottoman was killed, and with his blood the revolutionair Kableshkov wrote the ; bloody letter’ proclaiming the uprsiaing against the Turks.
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