House-museum "Hadzhi Dimitar"
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House-museum "Hadzhi Dimitar"


Dimitar Nikolov Asenov a.k.a. Hadzhi Dimitar is a Bulgarian commander, fighter for the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman rule. He was born in 1840 in the town of Sliven, in a small National Revival house built by his grandfather in the "Klutsohor" neighborhood. After a lifetime dedicated to the struggle for liberation, in 1868 Hadzhi Dimitar and Stefan Karadja lead a detachment to the mountain to rise Bulgarian people up in rebellion against the Ottoman Empire. After several days of heroic collisions with the numerous Ottoman possess, the detachment was defeated and on 18th July   1868 at the Bouzloudja Peak, Hadzhi Dimitar was killed. Sacrificing his live for the freedom of Bulgaria, the leader remains forever in the memory of Bulgarian people. Hadzhi Dimitar’s death was eternalized by the eponymous poem by Hristo Botev- a world literary masterpiece.

In 1935 a museum exhibition was established in the house of Hadzhi Dimitar and in 1955 – an exhibition specifically dedicated to the life and work of the national hero. Both the house and the garden were restored, but the authentic appearances of the room where the commander was born, the living room, fireplace and the family winery are very well preserved. On the second floor there’s an exhibition representing Hadzhi Dimitar and Stefan Karadzha’s things and belongings, firearms, photographs and documentation - associated with the campaign of their detachment and their struggle for liberation. The “House of Hadzhi Dimitar” is a part of the initiative “One hundred National tourist sites”.


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