Veliko Tarnovo

Sarafkina Kushta (House)

  ul.Gurko 88     more than a year ago
Built in 1861 as the home and business premises for the wealthy money lender ('Saraf' in Bulgarian), this amazing five storey building has a most resilient history, withstanding both the construction of the railway tunnel below it and the 1913 earthquake that destroyed so much of Turnovo.
Today, having retained its original features and decor, it acts as an ethnographic museum and the exhibits that can be seen inside give some insight not only into Bulgarian traditions in general but also typical for this region. One room is dedicated to jewellery, another to costumes and yet another shows examples of ritual breads, painted eggs and a symbolic clay raft with a figurine on it, which is set afloat in the river as part of a ritual for rain. The upper floor is dedicated to a photographic historic record of the town and its people.


. Closed Mon, Sun.
Open 09:00 - 18:00 April till October.
Open 09:00 - 17:30 November till March.
Last admission 30 minutes prior to closing time.

Price/Additional Info

Admission  6 leva(adults) 2 leva(students)
Children under 7 - free
Two day individual ticket for 10 museum objects 20 leva
Two day family ticket (up to 3 children)for 10 museum objects 30 leva
Free admission the last Thursday of the month
Amateur photography 5 leva
Guide services in a foreign language 20 - 30 leva


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