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Architectural Tourist Complex “Old Karlovo”

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Architectural tourist complex “Old Karlovo” was opened in 2014 and includes 5 houses, cultural monuments.

The “Bukhalov Khan” house was built in 1850 and was once an inn where merchants stayed overnight. The house has an impressive architecture, authentically furnished and with the unique spirit of the old times. In the small cozy rooms, there are separate craft studios, where master craftsmen present to the tourists weaving, wool felting, wood carving, Kalofer lace, etc. More dexterous visitors have the opportunity to create something themselves. Coffee on sand with homemade jam, brandy and rose liqueur is available. Workshops are organized for young and old – making magnets and key holders, making soap bars, dyeing Easter eggs, making martenichki, cheese cakes, etc. Anyone who wishes is offered the opportunity to wear a Bulgarian folk costume and take a photo. There is evidence that Vasil Levski held some of the revolutionary committees here. There is a souvenir shop next to the house, where everyone can find a suitable gift and souvenir from Karlovo. March, Easter and Christmas markets are held there every year.

The hospitable Duck House is the house of flowers and herbs. Interesting facts about medicinal herbs and rose production can be learned here. At the mini-distillery, the extraction of various essential oils can be observed. Guests can participate in workshops for making medicinal ointments, embroidery and knitting. Herbal brandy and rose tea are tasted. There is also a room of Queen Rosa, with her dresses, throne and crown. Toddlers can dress up, become Little Miss Rose and have their photo taken as a keepsake.

House “Raino Popovic” is the house of the teacher and writer Raino Popovic. Here, every tourist can make a unique certificate of an authentic printing press from the 19th century, cast a wax seal and write it in Cyrillic or Glagolitic. In the classroom, everyone can write on sand, read, draw pebbles, make cards.

“White Courtyard” house fascinates not only with its beautiful courtyard, but also with its rich ethnographic and artistic exposition. Here you can draw, model, learn various painting practices. Various demonstrations, trainings and schools are held.
The “Pateva maaza” was built in 1863 by Vasil Patev, heir to the famous merchant of fabrics, colonial goods and manufacture Patyu Hadjiminchev. It served as a warehouse and shop. Today, the Pateva maaza works as an information center where visitors can get information about the “Old Karlovo” complex, as well as about other attractions in Karlovo and the region.

The houses of the “Old Karlovo” Complex are constantly being developed and enriched with new, increasingly diverse attractions. With each passing year, they attract more and more tourists, it is a great honor for them to return again and every time they discover something different, learn new things and have fun.

Work time:
Every day: Summer working hours (from April 1 to October 31) from 9:15 to 18:00.
Winter working hours (from November 1 to March 31) from 8:45 to 17:30.

Entrance fees:
*Entrance ticket for an adult (for each house) BGN 4.00
*Entrance ticket for students and pensioners (for each house) BGN 2.00
*Route ticket for an adult (5 houses) BGN 14.00
*Route ticket for an adult (4 houses) BGN 12.00
*Route ticket for students and pensioners (5 houses) BGN 7.00
*Route ticket for students and pensioners (4 houses) BGN 6.00
*Demonstration by artisans/animators ( for individual visitors in each house) BGN 8.00
*Demonstration by craftsmen/animators (for groups of more than 10 people by prior reservation in each house) BGN 30.00
*Talk for individual visitors (for each house) BGN 5.00
* Talk for individual visitors with a purchased route ticket BGN 5.00
* Talk for organized groups of more than 10 people (for each house) BGN 30.00
* Talk for organized groups of more than 10 people with a purchased route ticket BGN 25.00
* Photo sessions in the complex (weddings , anniversaries, celebrations and others) BGN 60.00
*Photo sessions in the complex in one house of the complex BGN 30.00
*Photography with traditional folk costume and photo on paper BGN 10.00
*Photography with traditional folk costume with your own camera BGN 5.00
*Photographic recording of exhibits and interiors from expositions in each house of the complex BGN 5.00
*Price of video recording of exhibits and interiors from expositions in each house of the complex BGN 20.00
*Cost of filming documentaries with exhibits for each house in the complex (per hour) BGN 50.00
*Feature film shooting BGN 300.00Rent for halls and courtyard spaces, for educational programs, seminars, events, private parties etc. For 1 hour – BGN 98.00 For 2 hours – BGN 122.00 For 3 hours – BGN 132.00 *Painting on canvas, different sizes with a lecturer – artist from BGN 12.00 to BGN 45.00 *Workshops from BGN 3.00 to BGN 15.00
* Coffee tasting on sand with a compliment of rose or fig jam BGN 2.50
* Coffee tasting on sand with a compliment of white jam BGN 3.00
* Tasting of herbal brandy, gyulovitsa, rose liqueur, rose syrup, homemade lemonade 200ml. BGN 2.50
*Tasting of different types of tea, rose delight, homemade shortbread BGN 1.50
*Homemade lemonade tasting (400ml) BGN 5.90
*Making a certificate of an authentic antique press with wax seal BGN 3.00
* Visits for the disabled and children up to 7 years old – FREE
*For pre-planned visits on educational topics for students from the municipality of Karlovo – FREE
*Fee for organized holidays for a group of tourists over 10 people – from BGN 20.00 to BGN 39.00 /per tourist/
*Fee Lavender Festival” and “Rose Festival” – BGN 40.00/per tourist/
*”Rose Festival” fee (with seats) – BGN 70.00/per tourist/

Karlovo, 31 “Vasil Levski” St

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+359 894 471 760
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