The Paskalev House, Haskovo
Undoubtedly the House of Chorbadji Pascal is a true architectural masterpiece. It was declared a cultural monument of national importance. Visitors of the house can see and trace the transition of the local people after the liberation from Turkish yoke from the traditional rural to the more urban and European lifestyles.
The Paskalev house is two-story asymmetrical building with magnificent and very functional internal design. The semicircular bow window brings light, ease and sense of refinement, the beautifully carved ceilings, doors and cupboards bring comfort and warmth, while decorative niche with the French-style Alafrangi vaults complement the interior and give distinctive subtlety.
The ethnographic exposition exhibits real treasures illustrating the way of life of the Haskovo citizens of that time. The first floor acquaints the visitors with the everyday life of Haskovo family, while the second one impresses with its dignity of appearance and its spaciousness. The Paskalev House offers a myriad of peculiar feelings – a mixture of curiosity, aesthetic feast, comfort and security, surprise by the fact that the wooden couches in the living room live together with furniture from Vienna, the Russian Samovar teapot goes along with the European silver cutlery… And all this seems to be bound together by the traditional Haskovo carpets and rugs, with their amazing colorful stripes of various colors and composition, in which the women of Haskovo have interwoven their fine sense of beauty and aesthetics. The ancient shrine in the vicinity of the Angel Voivoda village occupies a special place among the many megalithic monuments around Haskovo. The complex is located on a rocky peak, known as the Hisar peak. At the foot of the peak lies a huge boulder, on which a full circle divided into four parts is carved, with a hole for attaching wooden or metal rods. The facility probably served as a sun-dial, or it might have been used as a tool for astronomical observations.
On the summit of the peak, the visitor can see the traces of a fortress wall. There are more than 50 religious cult niches carved in the rocks. In the highest part of the peak on one of the pinnacles, a stone tomb of trapezoidal shape is carved, which is accessible through five steps again carved in the rock. To the west of the tomb a second such pinnacle is found. The altar was most probably located there. Under the top of the peak a large sacrifice site of trapezoidal shape is carved. Some 50 meters to the northeast of the tomb a shallow oval basin is located. Under the top of the peak there is also a natural terrace, which was most probably used as a sanctuary.
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