"Levski's Birthplace and Museum" Karlovo Things to Do Tip by johngayton

Karlovo Things to Do: 11 reviews and 29 photos

  Museum Entrance (Chardakliev House)
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      Museum Entrance (Chardakliev House)
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Vasil Levski was born Vasil Ivanovich Kunchev, the eldest son of Ivan and Gina Kunchev, here in Karlovo on the 18th July 1837. His father was a wool dyer by trade at a time when the town was one of the Ottoman Empire's main suppliers of woolen braid.

The house where he was born and bred, along with his two brothers and elder and younger sisters, was a typical artisans cottage where the family shared their living space with the equipment and material of the trade.

Levski himself never owned a house and so his birthplace has been reverently restored as the centrepiece of the National Museum in his honour. This is one of Bulgaria's most popular historical sites and gets over 35,000 visitors a year.

The museum is open every day (except perhaps Christmas Day) from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm with an hour closed for lunch and the entry fee is (Jan 2010) 2 leva.

This is definitely the "Must Do" here in Karlovo and as a bonus you get a friendly welcome and a little guided tour (in English if required).

Address: ul General Kartsov 57
Directions: On the town's main street, heading down from where the bus stops.
Phone: 0335 93489
Website: http://www.vlevskimuseum-bg.org

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  • Updated Jan 20, 2010
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