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Regional historical museum, Pazardzhik

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The museum’s permanent exhibition is exhibited in different halls in terms of its nature and time span. It covers a large period of time – from prehistory to modern Bulgarian history. The ethnographic exposition is housed in an authentic Renaissance house, and the birthplace of Konstantin Velichkov presents the life and activities of the prominent merchant.

In the Archeology Hall, visitors can see various examples of the material and spiritual culture of Pazardzhik and the region: a model of a dwelling, anthropomorphic and zoomorphic ceramic vessels from the Neolithic and Chalcolithic, rich idol sculpture, cult objects, ancient, medieval and Western European coins, weapons , ornaments and one of the richest collections of votive plates of the Thracian Horseman.

The “Revival” Hall presents Pazardzhik and the region during the era of the Bulgarian revival and the participation of the population in the national liberation struggles and the April Uprising (1876) until the Liberation in 1878. The exposition is made up of originals representing the rich collections in the museum’s funds: weapons, coins, items of craft associations, old printed books.

The “New History” hall is organized into three separate but interconnected halls. The central part of the exposition is dedicated to the most famous historical and architectural monuments in the city in modern times – the Church of St. Bogoroditsa and the Old Post Office. Plans of the city from the beginning of the 20th century, the work of prominent Pazardzhik architects, are also shown. In the second hall, some traditional crafts characteristic of the town are presented – tailoring, rope making, hat making, basket making, tin making, etc. In the Third Hall, dedicated to school work, the cultural and educational, sports and charitable societies and organizations in the city, the work of the local intelligentsia, are presented.

In the lapidarium of the museum (external and internal), finds are chronologically exposed that are not included in the internal museum exposition: statues, road pillars, altars, cult figures made of stone. Architectural elements are also shown – bases, capitals, columns, architraves.

The ethnographic exposition is arranged in the largest residential building in Pazardzhik from the Renaissance era, built in 1850 in the style of the Plovdiv Renaissance Baroque house. The ethnographic exposition presents the richness and diversity of traditional folk culture from Bulgaria, which covers parts of the most Bulgarian ethnographic regions: Thrace, the Central Highlands and the Rhodope Mountains. In the fund of the “Ethnography” department, valuable testimonies about the lifestyle, livelihood and spiritual culture of the Pazardzhik population have been collected and preserved, formed in 15 collections: objects from urban life, clothes, craft tools and works, tools for cultivating the land and for logging, architectural details, folk musical instruments, objects of folk culture.
The native house of Konstantin Velichkov (1855 – 1907) has been turned into an exhibit at the Regional Historical Museum-Pazardzhik. The rich photo-documentary part reveals Velichkov’s family environment and personality, his contribution to Bulgarian history and culture, as a prominent Renaissance figure, educator, active participant in the national liberation struggles, politician and statesman in post-liberation Bulgaria, writer, translator, artist.

The object of the museum is also the Yunatsite settlement mound, Yunatsite village, Pazardzhik. The results of the 30-year archaeological excavations of the Yunatsite settlement mound are extremely important for prehistoric science. New information has been revealed about the structure of the settlements, home construction, economy, spiritual life and burial practices of the most ancient inhabitants of the mound, who lived here for several millennia during the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age.

Work time:
Monday – Friday: 09:00 – 17:00
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 – 17:00

Entrance fees:
– adults – BGN 3
– pupils, students, pensioners – BGN 2.

– thematic talk in Bulgarian – BGN 3
– overview talk (department) in Bulgarian – BGN 5
– overview talk (central exposition ) in Bulgarian – BGN 10.

Address: Pazardzhik 4400, K. Velichkov Square No. 15 phone: +35934443108

Ethnographic exposition phone: + 35934445719
House – museum “K. Velichkov” phone: + 359 34 44 5759

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