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Ethnographic complex "Hadjidanchovi Houses"
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Of particular interest is the Ethnographic complex "Hadjidanchovi Houses" in Sliven, built by three buildings in the characteristic Revival style of the region.

In the complex there is a permanent ethnographic exhibition showing old Viennese furniture, typical Sliven woodcarving and others. The original Kotel carpets with beautiful colors and ornaments are authentic evidence  of the material and spiritual culture of the Bulgarians from this region.

During the Bulgarian Revival, Sliven is a big and prospering town. The temperate climate, the mineral springs, the abundant fertility of the soil, the heroic, beautiful and enterprising Bulgarians lead it to its blooming. It is no accident that the beginning of the industrialization of Bulgaria was put here  in 1834 by Dobri Zhelyazkov - the Factory maker who built the first textile factory in Sliven.

In the beginning of XIX century Hadji Dancho was born in Sliven. He is a renowned, wealthy and patriotic merchant - donating funds for the construction of the St. Nicholas Church, assisting the publication of Konstantin Fotinov's book "Obshto Zemleopisanie". He is not a scrooge - he generously finances the activity of Sliven community center "Zora". From 1860 to 1863 he was elected a member of the Community Center  Council and a Church governor. He built a wonderful home, called by his fellow townsman , "Hadzhidanchovata kashta", which is distinguished by its architectural style: There is a façade, rich wood-carved ceilings and decorative niches. The host assigns his full-length portrait to be painted in one of the room niches. The fresco was made by an unknown master from Tryavna as a sign of the high public prestige of the Sliven merchant.

Since 1966 Hadzhidancho's House has been registered as a monument of culture. It consists of two massive buildings, a courtyard with cobblestone, trellis, eternal green boxwood and a tap with constantly running water. It was restored in 1980 when, in the style of the other two, a third house was built. The complex is provided to the 13th Century Bulgaria Fund, which takes good care in order to preserve the architectural value of the ensemble.

Since 2007, the Hadjidancho’s houses have the status of a museum. The ethnographic museum collection welcomes citizens and guests of Sliven. It presents the typical Sliven carvings, the Kotel carpets and the Viennese furniture from the end of the 19th century – an evidence of the material and spiritual culture of the people from this region. Conferences, exhibitions, meetings, artistic readings and others are organized in the Hadjidancho's houses.

Translation Yordan Georgiev - trainee



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