Architecture of Residential Buildings in Bulgaria from the Revival Period

Regina Raycheva


The paper considers house architecture in Bulgarian lands during the Revival period –from the end of 18th century to the end of 19th century. The paper also examines the impact of climate, religion, livelihood, etc. on the development of different regional types.  The resulting composition, structure, architectural image and interior, as well as adaptability to terrain conditions, adequacy to social requirements, building traditions are analyzed. Similarities, differences and local features are being considered with the intent to follow the evolution and spread of architecture, typical of the Balkan region. Comparisons are drawn between the rich city houses in Plovdiv, Koprivshtiza, Melnik, Samokov, etc., and Turkish houses in Istanbul, Edirne, Safranbolu, etc. By complying with various religious, functional, representative, climatic and terrain requirements, a distinguishable architectural language can be traced.


building tradition, residential architecture, revival architectural style, national heritage

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DOI: 10.7250/aup.2012.003


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