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Lafchieva House in Dryanovo

lhouseLafchieva House is the only remaining three-storey Bulgarian house in traditional style from the Revival period. This interesting Revival house was built around the early 40s of the 19th century and is famous for its construction, which does not include a single nail or metal bracket. All fittings are carved from wood. The house is located on the main street of Dryanovo and is a listed building of national importance.lhouse3


Nikola Gaynardzhiyata is the master-builder of the Lafchieva House. Because of its method of construction, the house is also known as “the house with no nails”. A little known fact is that it is not a single home, but two semi-detached homes, Lafchieva and Pereva Houses, connected through their roof and façade in an architectural composition.


lhouse2Typical of the Renaissance style, each upper floor of the Lafchieva House slightly protrudes over the lower floor. The ground floor is designed for business – it consists of shops, warehouses and basements. Тhe house looks completely different from the inner court. Seen from there, it has two floors, made of stone and whitewashed façade, with a gallery and tall, rectangular carved wooden columns supporting the roof.


Lafchieva House (and the Pereva) impresses with its precise workmanship and elegant use of wood in the interior, as well as the perfect masonry, which at that time was typical of Dryanovo builders. Characteristic of the Lafchieva House (unlike the National Revival period houses of Tryavna) is its minimalistic decoration – small stylized rosettes diversify the doors of some of cupboards, and there is a carved “sun”on the ceiling of the dining room, characteristic of that period.


Internally, the house is decorated with furniture and household items that combine local craft production with the West European import furniture, especially fashionable in that era. Now, here you can see a permanent museum exhibition, which depicting the life, crafts, fabrics and clothing typical of wealthy Bulgarians from that period.


On the ground floor, there is a vintage photo studio, where tourists and residents of Dryanovo can be photographed dressed in traditional costumes of this region.

Events and Festivals, News

Bulgaria Marks St Dimitar Day

dimitarBulgarian Orthodox Church marks Dimitrovden, or St Dimitar Day, tomorrow October 26. Dimitrovden is believed to herald the beginning of the winter.


According to Bulgarian mythology St Dimitar brings the winter, while St. George – the summer. A folktale presents the saints as twin brothers, St Dimitar being the first born. He rides a red horse and is the master of frost and snow. It is believed that the first snowflakes fall from his white long beard.

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Food and Drink, News

Where to eat… G-Kal Artisan Bakery, Veliko Tarnovo area

We are bit of foodies here at VT-Today. Here is another blog post on “Food and Drink” category of the blog.
bakeG-Kal Artisan Bakery, based in Gorsko Kalugerovo, takes quality wholesome ingredients, locally produced & sourced, and hand-makes a variety of baked goods, such as breads, cakes, savoury & sweet pies and tarts, as well as delicious preserves & candies!
Gorsko Kalugerovo is less than an hour’s drive (about 40 km) from Veliko Tarnovo and the region is renowned for its vine growing and producing its very own wine, a century old tradition. Each year, the region attracts visitors for its regional wine and the area is expanding its rural tourism. Around 8km from the village is the Alexander Stamboliyski Dam, providing excellent location for fishing, boating and other sports.
G-Kal Artisan Bakery celebrates the qualities of the basic ingredients – the flours, yeasts, sugars & salts – bringing them together in a way which accentuates the real flavours available from these most basic of raw materials!

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Exhibition celebrating 115 years of BTA visiting Veliko Tarnovo

1392045_225779207588201_98727520_nUnpublished and never before shown photos from the archives of the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency (BTA) reveal what has been exciting Bulgaria through three centuries .

The travelling exhibition called “Nezalichimo”(Indelible) will be displayed in Rafael Mihailova Art Halls in Veliko Tarnovo from November 1.

The exhibition, curated by Ivo Hadjimishev, will show glimpses of events from the past 115 years, covered by Bulgarian journalists from several generations and periods. The 45 boards exhibit historic moments from the Bulgarian Liberation and the First Constitution, through Principality and Third Bulgarian Kingdom years, 1920s Balkan War Years, rebellions and resistance, the People’s Republic and the Bulgarian Socialist Period, the democratic changes, membership in NATO and the EU, as well as recent events.

The exhibition shows Bulgarian life and how it is perceived, and written about, how the media were/are reporting the pulse of the day. 115 years of social, cultural, media life of Bulgaria come to life. It is worth to be seen if you have recently moved to Bulgaria and/or want to learn more about the country.

Food and Drink, News

When we get hungry… Where to eat in Veliko Tarnovo area

coffeeThe Delicatessen & Coffee Co., is located in Gabrovo, which is an hour away from Veliko Tarnovo, and has been operating since February 4, 2011. The Bulgarian/English family-owned establishment includes a coffee shop/café aperitif and delicatessen/general store.


DCC serves some of the best mouth-watering food you could ask for – home made burgers, soups, steaks and much more.


Their goal is to provide the local community and beyond with a comfortable, friendly and refreshing environment in which to enjoy a coffee, a beer, take lunch or simply shop for their daily groceries, all in one single, convenient location, serviced by friendly and helpful staff.


More info at and DCC website.





News, Useful

Some Bulgarian with your Bulgarian Property?

Modern Cyrillic. Bulgarian Alphabet

Modern Cyrillic. Bulgarian Alphabet

So you have recently purchased Bulgarian real estate or planning a permanent move to Bulgaria. Even though a number of younger generation Bulgarians speak English, you will still need to learn some degree of Bulgarian to get by and get through your daily life.


Even though we at Yantra Homes try to help you as much as we can, our services only go so far. If you want to learn Bulgarian, you can always get in touch with some of the few language schools in Veliko Tarnovo.


However during my recent visit to Plovdiv, a friend of mine told me about a friend of hers, teaching Bulgarian to foreigners. When I asked how it worked, she told me the teaching was done online, distantly, using Skype.


If you would like to learn Bulgarian before you permanently move to your newly purchased Bulgarian house or just want to learn a Slavic language, now you can do so in advance, from the comfort of you home. is a Plovdiv-based language teaching school.



Pravetz computers to make a come back


Here is a bit of exciting news! Yes, it may not be about the current status of the Bulgarian property market, but as a bit of a geek myself I very much rejoiced when I heard this!


Bulgaria’s very own Pravetz computers are making a comeback after 30 years of absence from the market.


The legend returns after 30 years, says the brand official homepage, while displaying a notebook and its parameters.


Judging from the ad, Pravetz 64M will run on its own Pravetz OS and have a free office suite, Intel processor and would also run on other OS’s, such as Android, Windows, Solaris and Chrome OS.


Initially there was no information about the possibility of pre-order or pricing, not even contact information. An email address was subsequently added. The news spread quickly in Bulgarian virtual space and lead to logical questions about whether this was true or just someone trying to joke. was among the first media outlets to confirm the news. According to the on-line issue of Bulgaria’s business and politics newspaper, Laptopclean is the company reviving the Pravetz brand. The company manager confirms that they will start selling the notebook next year.


Boyko Vouchev, Laptopclean manager, adds that they already have a ready prototype and have completed initial tests, although they do not commit to an exact release date and pricing yet. He also mentions he did not expect the placing of the ad to go viral or receive such big response.


Unlike the models of the 80s of the last century, the new machines will not be produced entirely in the country. New Pravetz 64M laptops hardware design will be in Taiwan and they’ll be assembled in Bulgaria. Vouchev gives no details about the enigmatic Pravetz OS, but confirms that it is an open source platform.


According to the website, the new laptop will use Intel i3, i5 or i7, will have up to 16 GB RAM and up to 2 TB memory. Conveniently, it will also have a SIM card reader for mobile Internet. Vouchev says, they would use Intel processors, because at the moment Bulgaria does not manufacture its own chips. Vouchev also confirms that the company has acquired the rights to Pravetz trademark and they were just renewed.


The development of Pravetz computers began in the 70s of last century, and they were manufactured in the town with the same name, also being the birth place of the famous Bulgarian socialist leader Todor Zhivkov. A good deal of the peripheral devices back then were manufactured in the country, too. However, production stops with the fall of communism.