Complex of houses Lyuben and Petko Karavelov and farm building
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Town of Koprivshtitsa, 39 "H.N.Palaveev"blvd.
object type: historical
object statute: Museum
Type of property: national importance
Monument from date: Announced a decision Gazette № 53/11.07.1975, under № 354
Here were born Lyuben and Petko Karavelovi. Both of them remain in the history as persons who devoted their lives to Bulgaria. Lyuben Karavelov was publicist, journalist (“Svoboda”, “Nezavisimost”- organ of BRCC and popular science magazine “Znanie”), folklorist (collected, fixed and published Bulgarian national songs and customs in “Monument of popular customs of the Bulgarian”), writer (“Bulgarians from old times” and “Mummy’s child”), poet (“You are beautiful, my forest” and “I love you, my dear fatherland”) and ideologist of the national revolution (chairman of BRCC). Petko Karavelov is a famous politician and statesman – leader of the left wing of the Liberal Party, founder and chairman of the Democracy Party; Member of the Parliament (187901881, 1884-1886, 1894-1901) and chairman of ONA (I, II and IV), regent (1886), and four times Prime-Minister of Bulgaria (1880-1881, 1884-1886, 1886 and 1901), Minister of Finances, Minister of Public Education, Minister of Public Constructions, roads and facilities, Minister of Interior. He is also organizes the first the first meeting of the Bulgarian Literary Society after the liberation.
The complex has been built by local masters for 25 years. The oldest building is “the winter building” since 1810, after the last attack of Kyrdzhali over Koprivshtitsa. There is an ethnography composition exposed in the winter building which illustrates the traditional daily life of XIX century.
The second building made in 1820 is a farm building where specialities from Koprivshtitsa were dried and collected – flat sausages, kavarma, jerked meat, sausages, black-sausages that the father, Stoycho Karavelov, traded (in the backyard is to be seen as exhibit tube of pine-hollow which was used by the householders to mix the mince for the sausages. In this building there is a museum exhibition which tells the story of Lyuben Karavelov. One of the most interesting exhibits here is a printing press bought by Lyuben Karavelov from a Serbian printing establishment in 1871. It was used for print of the revolutionary newspapers of Karavelov and Botev, and later, after the liberation of Bulgaria, it was used to print the First Bulgarian Constitution.
The last building is a “summer house” with veranda (1835). The family used to live here during the summer. Now is the house is placed a photo-exhibition which shows the life of Petko Karavelov – statesman and politician who actively took part on the discussions about the Tyrnovo Constitution.
The house is restored and in excellent condition.
In combination with Dushkova house, Karavelova house forms the first impression of the town’s visitors.
The bow-window over the street and the chimney are an easy to remember detail.
The two buildings in the yard form the space which has a great influence, especially in contrast with the south façade of the house and the big wooden veranda.
It is a preserved monument with carefully restored details.