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PLAN OF THE SYMMETRICAL HOUSE

The symmetrical house of Plovdiv is a variant of the houses I from the National Revival period, which was widespread throughout Thrace, but was preserved above all along the slopes of Trimontium. It is characterised with a symmetrical plan comprising four rooms on each floor of the building, around a large living room - hayet. All rooms and living rooms are with ceilings richly decorated with woodcarving, the walls are with painted geometric ornaments, often also with panels with realistic or fantastic landscapes. The decorative alafranga niches, also with painted decoration, are charming. The external architecture abounds in facades broken by oriels, the roofs end with triangular pediments or with the playful Baroque curve of the Bulgarian yoke. The style of this original architecture is justifiably referred to as "Bulgarian Baroque".

Rooms - usually four on every floor, two by two around the hayet. They served different purposes. On the ground floor they were used as bedrooms and living rooms. On the upper floors they are intended for the merchant's study or room for business transactions, for receptions and as guest rooms.

Hayet - spacious centrally located lounge, around which the rooms on each floor of the house are placed. It is richly illuminated by windows close to one another, looking out to the street and to the courtyard. Its upper part ends with a ceiling lavishly decorated with woodcarving, often oval in shape, whose central part is occupied by the woodcarving composition "Sun." Usually the hayet on the second floor had representative functions of a living room for larger groups of family guests or of a home ball-room.

Alafranga niches - niches for interior decoration of the rooms and hayets, often performing practical functions as well. They feature a rich relief and fresco decoration with geometric and floral ornaments. They most frequently occupy a central position between the closets. The niches are semi-cylindrical in shape, deeply built into the walls and crowned with a semi-circular arc. A stove-fireplace was often built of bricks and tiles in them over a marble slab or the so-called "Viennese" cast iron stove was used for heating. In other cases marble fountains were built into them.

Closets — cupboards and wardrobe spaces on the walls, whose doors were with rich carved decoration of varied shapes and interlaced designs.

Maaza—storage room for the merchant's commodities.

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