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The Ethnographic and National Revival Compound “St. Sofronii Vrachanski”

The Ethnographic and National Revival Compound "Sofronii Vrachanski" is seated in the central part of town, not far from the pedestrian street, its entrance being marked by the statue of Bishop Sofronii Vrachanski, sculpted by Kroum Damyanov.

The Compound comprises three Revival-architecture houses, rather typical for this area, and two public buildings from the same period: the Church of the Holy Ascension and the Vratsa's first secular school. Another part of the Compound is the fiacre Museum, featuring the life of an entrepreneur the locals are proud of: fiacre manufacturer Mito Orozov.

By its displays of photos and authentic objects, the museum shows the traditional way of life, crafts and rituals of the Vratsa region from late 19th century to the mid-20th century. Another illustrious building in the Compound, The Holy Ascension Church, is connected with most of the crucial developments of Vratsa's cultural and social life as well as of the national struggles up until the Liberation. As former monk, the national revolutionary icon, Vasil Levski sang religious hymns in the church in 1872. The flag of Vratsa's rebels against Ottoman rule was sanctified here. There is also a valuable collection of icons, including works by the most prominent icon painters, Zakhari and Dimitar Zograf, as well as of artisans from the Debar School.

Work on the Compound's completion lasted from 1972 to 1987. The House-Museum of Dimitraki Hadzhitoshev, one of the most prosperous people in the country's northwest, was the first one to be built. The house represents the achievements of Vratsa's prominent citizen; it also features a restoration of a mid-19th century town house interior. Another house, that of Vratsa's eminent benefactor, Grigoriya Naydenov, displays a fascinating exhibition titled, "The world of the child from late 19th and early 20th century".

The Ivan Zambin house presents the crafts typical for this area - goldsmithing, wine-growing and making, sericulture and silk-making, etc.

The two exhibition halls on the first floor of the Ascension Revival School present the lifestyle and rituals of the local population, following the four seasons, as well as of the Karakachan and Banat communities, during the second half of the 19th century.

The hall on the school's second floor is dedicated to Diko Iliev - a trailblazer of brass music tradition in north-western Bulgaria. Wind and percussion instruments used in Iliev's orchestra, paraphernalia and photographs, as well as the Key of Vratsa, given posthumously to the musician who was also a honorary citizen.

The bread oven, the well and stone water fountains, reconstructed in the courtyard of the Compound, as well as its 19th-century type walls and gates, complement the idea of the traditional layout during the Vratsa Revival Period.


Useful information:

Working hours:

From 02/01/2020 to 03/31/2020, visits during the weekends and holidays will be made upon preliminary request filed by 5:30 pm on Friday.

Monday - Friday 9am - 5.30pm (Uninterrupted)

Weekends and public holidays 9.00 am - 12.00 pm; 1 pm - 5:30 pm

12.00 - 13.00 (On prior request)

Day off: January 1st

Contacts:

+359 92 627 097 - Information

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