Balabanov House
Balabanov House
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9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Alpçakır M
Istanbul, Türkiye18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
When you visit Filibe, you'll find many recommended houses to visit. You might wonder which one to choose. Among them, you can easily opt to visit these three: (1) Hindliyan House, (2) Balabanov House, and (3) Nedkovich House. Among these, Hindliyan stands out more because on the ground floor, there is a unique feature to this house – an old bathroom, one of very few in Plovdiv that had hot running water at the time.
Written April 25, 2024
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland28,600 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Solo
Of all the mansions open to the public in old Plovdiv four are included in the 'Combined Ticket': Hindliyan, Nedkovich, Stambolyan and Balabanov. From the point of view of architecture they all belong to the 19th century Bulgarian Revival style, but in fact they are not too different from the way grand houses were built at that time in all the Ottoman Empire.

Often in great contrast though is the furniture, which shows that people's taste was heavily oriented towards Western Europe, especially towards Paris and Vienna. Thus one will find tables, chairs, cupboards and more done in late Baroque, Rococo or Empire style.

The Balabanov Kashta is one of the larger houses, built at the beginning of the 19th century by a weatlhy merchant. The house though doesn't bear his name, but that of the third and last owner. Completely torn down in the 1930's it was reconstructed in the 1970's - with the help of photos and drawings - according to the original plan.

Today one can get an idea of the 19th century lifestyle of Plovdiv's wealthy merchant class in the upper floor with the carved ceilings, the painted walls, the expensive furniture, the piano, while the rooms in the ground floor are reserved for exhibitions, mainly of modern art.
Written June 23, 2018
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Antoaneta H
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
The house is not the original one from the beginning of the 19th century, since it was demolished, but a faithful reconstruction from 1935 based on every detail of the original plans. This probably explains the great shape of the house is in. Typical for the Revival Period in Bulgaria, my personal favorites were the wooden ceilings, fine Ottoman style. The only thing I didn't like is that the house is now used to host temporary art galleries in an attempt to mix the old with the new with mixed results in my opinion
Written October 22, 2019
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permia
Ireland62,142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Fortunately plans and photographs from its initial construction were available for its faithful rebuilding in the 1970s. Finished around the start of the 20th century for a wealthy merchant, it subsequently fell into decay and was demolished in the 1930s.

Today it’s a gorgeous exemplar of the National Revival style. Quite expansive it has delightful elegant rooms, comfortably furnished.

Numerous works of art are spread throughout, with the splendid backdrop of the gorgeous home.
Written August 27, 2019
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Raymond W
Townsville, Australia4,549 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
This house is located in the hilly part of the Old Town near the Roman Theatre and the Ethnographic Museum. It is set in a lovely nineteenth-century house in Bulgarian Revival style with a nice courtyard garden. However, there really isn't very much to detain you at the Balabanov House.

The interior has been turned into an art gallery for 20th century modernist art from local painters. None of them did much for us, but we are certainly not experts. However, we did think that period Bulgarian furniture might have been better suited to the building than a collection of modern oil paintings with no explanatory captions whatsoever. In short, this place is far from unmissable.
Written March 29, 2017
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N a t a l i a V a l e
Bracknell, UK158 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Interesting to see ,nice interior of the period of Renaissance.Situated in the old city of Plovdiv.I took max 2 h to visit all the city..
Written May 26, 2020
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Vladi K
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
The house is impressive. I would advise putting signs in separate rooms to describe what we are seeing anyway
Written October 22, 2019
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Evgeni Yanev
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
Very predisposing atmosphere for literary readings, book presentations, lectures, chamber concerts and performances. Spacious garden. Rich history. The staff is courteous and helpful in every way. No food or drink other than water is brought into the house itself in order to protect the house museum from pests.
Written October 22, 2019
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Венче Г
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
This is a house where you will meet a new exhibition every time.
In the heart is a small model of the city of Plovdiv.
The rooms have carved ceilings and the lobby is most spectacular.
The yard is very picturesque with huge jars and ornate vineyard with roses.
The lower level leads to the Hindilian House
Written October 22, 2019
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Свети Г
Plovdiv, Bulgaria2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Family
Very large and well maintained house. It is obvious that the man was very rich,but he never made donations and did nothing for the of Bulgaria. It is very spacious and beautiful.
Written October 21, 2019
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