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Aleko Konstantinov House-Museum marks its 95th anniversary

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The anniversary is marked with an exhibition in Aleko Konstantinov’s place of birth – the town of Svishtov located on the right bank of Danube River. Aleko Konstantinov, nicknamed “The Lucky Man” (Shtastlivetsa), is among the most prominent and beloved Bulgarian writers and public figures. He initiated the tourist movement in Bulgaria. His native house is among the most impressive buildings in Svishtov.

In 1896, Aleko Konstantinov refused to sell his house to a merchant who offered 15,000 golden levs. A flask, which keeps the writer’s heart, is one of the most valuable exhibits of the Museum-House of Aleko Konstantinov. Aleko’s heart is kept in a special liquid. It turned white over the years. A hole is clearly visible in Aleko’s heart. In fact, his heart was pierced by a rib which was broken by a bullet during his assassination. The suit he was wearing on the fatal day is also among the central exhibits in the museum.

The new museum exhibition includes photos of Aleko Kosntantinov and his family that were never shown before, photos and construction plans of the museum building from the 20th century, etc.

Compiled by: Veneta Nikolova

English version: Kostadin Atanasov

Photos: library and BGNES

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