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    Todor Kableshkov's House

    by ChristinaNest Written Jun 13, 2006

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    Todor Kableshkov’s house was built in Plovdiv style by Gencho Mladenov. It’s symmetric, organized around a central round sitting room. You can see the beautiful interior. The rooms are set and decorated the way they were in those times. See the cradle and the mouse trap in the photos!
    Todor Kableshkov was bon on 13-01-1851. His father was a tax-collector, and his mother died early so he was brought up by his stepmother. He received very good education, in Koprivshtitsa, Plovdiv, and later in the French high school in Tzarigrad (Istanbul). He learned 3 languages and became the director of Belovo’s train station. He was a follower of Levski’s ideas and became involved in the revolutionary movement against the Turkish occupiers. In 1876 Kableshkov’s was elected chairman of the town’s Revolutionary Committee. He announced the April Uprising and wrote the famous ‘Bloody Letter” that spread the news and urged the people to rise. After the failure of the uprising, he hid in the mountains but was later captured by the Turks and cruelly tortured. After all the abuse and torture, Kableshkov committed suicide in prison, he was 25 years old….

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    Gueorgui Benkovski's House

    by ChristinaNest Updated Jun 13, 2006

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    Benkovski’s house was built in 1831. Nearby is Benkovski Monument, him riding a horse, an impressive statue on top of a hill, with a small creek running down. On the rocks below the sculpture it’s written: “Rise, oh, slaves, I don’t want a yoke!” (see last pic)
    Gueorgui Benkovski’s real name is Gavrail Gruev Hlutev. He was born in this house in 1843. His father died early and he was brought up by his mother, Nona Hluteva. He went to primary school and then, at the age of 13, started training to become a tailor. The quiet life in town wasn’t to his liking, he was tempted by the stories told by traders travelling to Europe, the Middle East, and Egypt. Hlutev tried his luck at trading at the middle east markets of the Ottoman Empire. He wasn’t too successful and moved to Bucharest, where a lot of Bulgarian revolutionaries and writers gathered, planning how to liberate Bulgaria. Hlutev travelled to Koprivshtitsa under a new name, Gueorgui Benkovski, just before the April Uprising, to found a local Revolutionary Committee. He led the famous ‘Flying Cavalry’ during the uprising. And he shared the same fate, as most of the people who took part in it, he was killed by the Turks on 12 May 1976 near the village of Ribaritsa.

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    Lyutov's House

    by ChristinaNest Updated Jun 23, 2006

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    This beautiful house was built in 1854 for Stefan Topalov, and in 1906 it was sold to the trader Petko Lyutov, that’s why it’s called Lyotova Kushta (Lyotov’s house).Both the interior and exterior are impressive, and richly decorated. The saloon has a great wooden ceiling, with a carved wooden sun in the centre, and painted medallions all around. The pictures in the medallions mainly represent exotic and faraway place that the house owner visited and described to the artist (like a photo album on the ceiling:) The rooms are nicely furnished and you can get an idea how the rich people of the time lived. On the first floor there’s an exhibition of felt cloths: bedcovers, carpets, etc. made of thick wool, with very nice patterns, pics of them in travelogue.

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    Oslekov's House

    by ChristinaNest Updated Jun 23, 2006

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    This house was built in Plovdiv style during the Crimean War (1853-1856) for Nencho Olsekov. The three columns in the front were made of cedar wood, brought from Lebanon specially for Oslekov. There is an ethnographical exhibition there giving you an idea of the local lifestyle and crafts. Nencho Oslekov was a tax-collector and amassed big wealth. After that he started trading in Asia Minor. He was also involved in the Revolutionary Movement and the organization of the uprising. Some of the clothes for the rebels were made in his saloon. Because of that, after the April Uprising, Oslekov was caught and hanged in Plovdiv on June, 27, 1876.

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    Dimcho Debelyanov's House

    by ChristinaNest Updated Jun 23, 2006

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    Dimcho Debelyanov is a famous Bulgarian poet, and my favourite. The house was built around 1830 by his grandfather. Debelyanov was born in 1887 and studied in Koprivshtitsa, Plovdiv, Ihtiman, and Sofia. Very young he started reading the Russian poets Pushkin and Bloc, the Bulgarian Pencho Slaveikov, and the French symbolists. Dimcho Debelyanov published poems for the first time in 1906. He’s most famous for his love poems.
    Debelyanov joined the army, and was killed on the frontline, close to Demir Hissar, on Oct. 2, 1916. He was 29 years old. In 1931 his remains were brought to Koprivshtitsa. In 1934 the great Bulgarian sculptor, Ivan Lazarov made a sculpture of the poet’s mother, which was put at his grave, in the churchyard of Uspenie Bogorodichno. There’s a copy of it in the house’s yard too.

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    Uspenie Bogorodichno Church

    by ChristinaNest Updated Jun 23, 2006

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    The church of Virgin Mary was built in 1817 on the site of an earlier church, destroyed by the Ottomans. The artisans and traders of Koprivshtitsa had to ask for a special permission from the Sultan to build a new church… Legend has it that it was built in 11 days. In 1821 Hadji Gueorgui from Vidin made the carved-wood icon stand. Some of he best Bulgarian artists painted the icons: Zachary Zograf, Ivan Spasovski, and Ivan Nikolov Ikonopisets.
    The graveyard is also very nice, there are the graves of some famous men, even Communistic heroes, as well as many old graves, hidden in the tall grass.

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    Karavelov's House

    by ChristinaNest Written Jun 13, 2006

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    Karavelov’s house actually consists of three buildings: the winter house, built in 1810, the storage building (1820), and the 2-storey summer house (1835). There is an ethnographic exhibition and also expositions about the lives of the brothers Lyben and Petko Karavelovi.
    Lyuben Karavelov (1834-1879) studied in Koprivshtitsa, Plovdiv, and Moscow, and travelled around Bulgaria and abroad. In Bucharest he met Levski, Botev and other revolutionaries. He was one of the founders of the Bulgarian Revolutionary Committee and its first chairman. He was also the editor of “Freedom” and “Independence” newspapers and a famous Bulgarian writer.
    His younger brother, Petko Karavelov, born in 1843 studies in Greece and Russia. He came back to Bulgaria with the Russian army and became vice governor of Vidin region. Later he was a chairman of the Turnovo city council, founder of the Democratic Party, a MP, a minister of finance, and three times a prime minister.

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    Other Historic Places

    by ChristinaNest Written Jun 23, 2006

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    You could say that almost every street and every house is somehow connected with the history of this rebel town. Besides the museums, there are many more houses where some great Bulgarians were born. There is also the old elementary school St. St. Kliment and Metodiy, attended by many of the great inhabitants of this town (Photo 1). There is also the nice building of the Cultural club (Chitalishte) Photo 2. One of the cobbled streets is going to take you to the bridge, where the first gun of the April Uprising was fired (Photo 3, 4). In the centre of the town, you can see the Mausoleum of the victims of the April Uprising, built for the 50th anniversary, 1926 (Photo 5).

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    Dimcho Debelianov’s House

    by mirchica Written Jul 10, 2008

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    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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    Uspenie Bogorodichno Church

    by mirchica Written Jul 10, 2008

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    In 1817 master-builders from the famous Smolski and Mirkovski architectural schools constructed a new church in place of the old one, burnt down by the Kurdzhalii (Turkish raiders). According to legend, it was build in 11 days. The church is low, dug deep into the ground, dimly lit, painted to look like a regular house on the outside so as to attract as little attention as possible. What is remarkable about it is its iconostasis, carved from wood by a famous Bulgaria craftsman - Hadji Georgi from Vidin, a representative of the Teteven school of wood-carving. It was completed 4 years after the church was built. The iconostasis resembles a delicate wooden cobweb in which Biblical motifs and beautiful plants and animals are entwined. The iconographic murals were created by celebrated icon painters such as Zahari Zograf, Ivan Nikolov Obrazopisov, Ivan Spaskovski and Hristo Enchev.

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    Lyuben Karabelov's house

    by mirchica Updated Mar 17, 2011

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    The three buildings form an intriguing architectural ensemble. The oldest house was build in 1810 and was called The Winter House.
    Both Lyuben Karabelov and Petko Karavelov were born there. The two brothers go down in history as people who had dedicated their whole lives to Bulgaria. Lyuben Karavelov - as a publicist, journalist, revolutionary and writer and Petko Karavelov - as a politician (he was Minister of Finance and Prime Minister of the country).
    The second building, completed in 1820, was the storehouse where the family prepared and stored the famous Koprivshtitza “sudjuk “and “lukanka” ( typical Bulgarian flat sausages with spices). The pine trough where they prepared the meat for the sausages is now a museum exhibit displayed in the yard for visitors to see.

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    Nayden Gerov's house

    by mirchica Written Jul 10, 2008

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    This is one of the houses immortalized in Lyuben Karavelov’s novel Old Time Bulgarians. It still preserves the atmosphere and the spirit and of the past so well described in the book.
    In this house Gero Mushek opened the first monastery school. Nayden Gerov was born into his large family in 1823. He grew up to become an eminent Bulgarian public figure politician, teacher and writer. He opened the first Bulgarian class school in Koprivshtiza, wrote a number of articles and philological studies, translated songs and fables. Nayden Gerov is also the author of the first Bulgarian lyrical poem Stoyan and Rada, and of a many pieces of patriotic poetry inspired by his nostalgia for Bulgaria while he was a student in Russia. He loved Bulgaria and the Bulgarian language and after long years of research gave his country the first Dictionary of Bulgarian language.

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    Mausoleum of the April Rebelion

    by mirchica Updated Mar 17, 2011

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    The mausoleum is erected in memory of all those who died during the liberation epopee of the April Rebelion – a reminder of the turbulent and patriotic spring of 1876.
    It was built in 1928 with funds donated by Nencho Palaveev.
    The lower part of the monument is an ossuary and the upper part houses a small chapel.

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  • Karavelov House

    by ger4444 Written Feb 16, 2008

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    Karavelov was a writer and played an important role in the Bulgarian Natinal Revival. Born in Koprivshtitsa and studied Russian literature. He enrolled at the Faculty of literature in Moskau and came in contact with student radicals. He began to publish a journal and started writing poetry and short stories in Bulgaria as well as scholarly publications in Bulgarian ethnography. In Bucharest he became friends with Botev and later on he met Levski, a leader of a revolutionairy organisation. Karavelov and Botev published a newspaper, Nazavisimost (independence). He also published Znanie (Knowledge), a scientific journal and some science books. His works include Mommy’s boys – one of the first Bulgarian novels – and Old time Bulgarians. Karavelov died in 1879. The house has three separate buildings that were constructed between 1810 and 1835 and there is a printing press where the newspapers were written

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  • Debelyanov house

    by ger4444 Written Feb 16, 2008

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    Debelyanov was a poet and writer. Born into a wealthy family in Koprivshitsa, he had to move to Plovdiv as a child. Later on he moved to Sofia. He sended his works to literary magazines and they were well received. He had a job in an office, which he hated so much that he joined the army. He did in World War 1. Following his dead his work was collected and published in two volumes. These became very popular in post war Bulgaria. The house has a garden, a lot of displays about Debeljanov and the celings are very low.

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