One noteworthy display in the Kotel Museum of History is the Pantheon of Georgi Stoykov Rakovski, located in the section of the museum dedicated to the Kotel Awakening. The building that houses the pantheon opened in 1981, in honor of the founding of the Bulgarian State 1300 years earlier.
The pantheon recognizes Rakovski (1821-1867), also known as Georgi Sava Rakovski, as one of Bulgaria’s most revered educators and revolutionaries. He was a father of organized national resistance against Ottoman rule committed to the democratic ideal. He was also an active pamphleteer, journalist, historian, and ethnographer.
Rakovsky’s marble sarcophogas occupies the central hall in the main exhibition gallery. A bronze banner inscribed with the words “Liberty or death” stands above it, along with a replica of his saber.
In The Hall of the Revolutionaries, The Kotel Awakening Exhibition follows the life of Rakovski, focusing on his pamphleteering and revolutionary activities. Photographs, documents, and facsimiles attest to his participation as a leader of the people and his role as the head of the Bulgarian legation to Belgrade. A particularly interesting object is the bronze sculpture Resurrection.
Of interest is the coffin that held Rakovski’s remains, the daily journal of the great Bulgarian patriot, the weapons he carried, and a collection of weapons from the Russo-Turkish War of Independence.
|The Georgi Stoykov Rakovski Pantheon in the city of Kotel|
|Atmospheric pressure: 1005.6 hPa|
|Visibility: 16 km|
March – October: 9.00 am 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm – 6.00 pm
November – February: 8.00 am noon and 1.00 – 5.00 pm
Adults – BGN 3;
students and seniors – BGN 1.50;
persons with disabilities – BGN .50
Guided tours in Bulgarian, English, German, and Russian – BGN 5
|Recommended to see||All|
|Antique town of Kabile - Yambol
The remains of the antique town of Kabile are situated at a distanc...
|Zheravna Architectural-Historical Reserve
Zheravna Village is situated in Stara planina (Old Mountain), 12...
|Veliki Preslav National Historical-Archaeological Reserve – Veliki Preslav (Great Preslav)
The town of Veliki Preslav is situated on Golyama Kamchia River, 30...
|Town of Elena
The town of Elena is situated in the high parts of the North Balkan...
|The Thracian Tomb at Karanovo
This Thracian Tomb is located at the edge of the Surnena Forest,...