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THE SYMMETRICAL HOUSE OF PLOVDIV

The appearance of the symmetrical house in Plovdiv is dated to the 1830s. Remarkable monuments from that period are the homes of Kouyoumdjioglou and Georgiadi that were built in the 1846-1848 period by the famous master-builder from the Rhodope region, Hadji Georgi Georgiev. Other typical symmetrical buildings in Plovdiv are the homes of Georgi Mavridi (the Lamartine House), Dr. Stoyan Chomakov, Dr. Dimiter Birdas, and others.
The most salient manifestation of the aristocratism of the symmetrical style can be seen in the splendid Kouyoumdjiev house, currently the Ethnographic Museum. Specialists define it as the culmination of Baroque architecture in Bulgaria. Its first owner was Argir Kouyoumdjioglou - a rich Plovdiv merchant. The building is with impressive dimensions: four floors, each with an area of 570 sq. m, two large living rooms, 12 rooms (all with unique wood-carved ceilings) and more than 130 windows. The eastern facade of the house has "stepped" on the fortification wall of the Acropolis and is an inseparable part of the Hissar Kapi ensembles.
Its regal location over the ancient silhouette of Hissar Kapi and its interesting architecture, combined with the charming boxwood courtyard, create a unique atmosphere that is suitable for musical and poetic performances, premieres of books, exhibitions of craftsmen and artists.

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