The Old Nessebar
(late 18th – early 20th centuries)

“The Old Nessebar” ethnographic exposition is arranged in a representative of the National Revival period house, built by a wealthy local merchant in 1840. It is a two-storey house consisting of a stone ground floor and a timber-framed residential second floor occupied by 5 rooms and a spacious central salon with carved wooden ceiling, ornate in the middle by a big star-shaped rosette. A kitchen, a bedroom, both with fireplaces, and a larder are situated to the north. The two bedrooms facing south have no fireplaces and were used only in summer. Photos and plans inside the salon reveal the town’s splendid architecture, presenting some of the emblematic Nessebar houses, as well as the famous windmills. Here, one can also see records and drawings left by travelers and painters, who visited Nessebar in the 17th – 19th centuries. In addition, the central salon features some items typical of the urban lifestyle of that time.

The south room presents the traditional crafts and means of living of the local population – fishing, viticulture and winemaking. Fishing tackle, nets and weights are displayed here, as well as a collection of wine vessels.

The bigger north room illustrates some of the authentic rites and customs of the native population, as the interior is arranged as in a typical Greek house. An original icon from 1669 can be seen here that used to adore a home icon-stand. A sewing machine, a wedding dress, a wedding album and some old magazines are also displayed in this room.

The smaller north room is dedicated to the settlers from Macedonia, their history and traditions. A typical interior of the Macedonian and Thracian settlers’ houses is re-created here, featuring the specific small round table (sofra), three-legged stools, woven cloths, rugs, as well as a hand spinning wheel (chekrak) and other tools for spinning, used by women. Traditional folk customs of the settlers are also exhibited, including a collection of forged belt buckles.

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