The Museum of the National Revival

Музей Учредително Събрание

Returning to Ivan Vazov and continuing southwards, you’ll soon arrive at ploshtad Suedinenie and a spacious blue and white building that houses the Museum “the National Revival Period and the Constituent Assembly”.

Designed by Kolyo: Ficheto in 1872 as the konak of the Turkish governor, Ali Bey.

In 1873, Vassil Levski, the Apostle of Bulgarian Freedom, was interrogated here; after the suppression of April 1876 Upri- sing, the Turkish Court held its ses- sions in this building and passed death sentences on the revolutionar- ies Bacho Kiro, Tsanko Dyustabanov, Georgi Izmirliev, Ivan Semerdzhiev, Ekim Tsankov and some others. In 1877 in front of the Konak, the citizens of Turnovo welcomed the Russian liberators.

The building subsequently, hosted the first Bulgarian subranie (parliament), which spent two months in 1879s deliberating the: Country’s first post-Liberation constitution – afterwards -known as the “Turnovo Constitution”.

The union of Bulgaria and Eastern Roumelia (1885) was also signed here, and this hallowed building was exactly reconstructed (after being devastated by fire) in time.

The ground floor is . occupied by a display of countless photographs and Bulgarian only texts, paying homage to successive generations of Bulgarian patriots and their rebellions against the Turks— notably the locally based uprisings of 1598 and 1688.

On the first floor, meanwhile, is the hall in which the Provisional Assembly sat, restored to its nineteenth-century appearance, with rows of benches/upholstered in red velvet facing the raised dais. Icons and ecclesiastical objects are grouped downstairs, including some fine examples from the Tryavna school.

You can also look over a variety of nineteenth-century Turnovo metal- and woodworking tools, local pottery, weights and scales used by the money lenders and a big still for rakiya-brewing.

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