Samovodska Charshiya

Самоводска чаршия

Samovodska Charshiya (market­place) Ethnographic Compound is a typical Revival Period street with craftsmen’s workshops, shops and characteristic houses.

Samovodska charshiya or bazaar at the junction of ulitsa Rakovski and ploshtad Georgi Kirkov.

Aside from one surviving coppersmith and a weaver selling handmade chergi or rugs, most of the craftspeople who once had ateliers here have moved out to be replaced by clothes boutiques, but it’s still highly photogenic, with its wrought-iron garnished facades and cobbled slopes.

Starting from the square at the end of the bazaar, you can follow ulitsa Vustanicheska up into the narrow streets of the peaceful old Varosh quarter, whose two nineteenth- century churches are verging on die decrepit.

The C hurch o f Sveti Nikolai has a carving on the bishop’s throne which shows a lion (representing Bulgaria) in the coils of a snake (the Greek Church) being devoured by a dragon (Turkey), and up the hill from here the Church o f SS Kiril i Metodii — with its belfry and dome by Kolyo Ficheto – still serves worshippers on str. Kiril i Metodii.

Heading downhill from ploshtad Kirkov, you’ll’ come upon ploshtad Velchova Zavera, where Velcho the glazier, Nikola the braid maker, Ivan the furrier and other conspirators were hanged for rebelling against the Turkish authorities in 1835.

The atmosphere of Turnovo also pervades Gourko Street, where standing out by its architectural layout among the number of preserved or restored houses Sarafkins House (1861) with Folk Art in the Region of Veliko Turnovo Ethnographic Exhibition.

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