Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR, Gabrovo

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Learn about the architecture and lifestyle of the region during the 18th and 19th centuries at Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR. The museum features 50 sites, such as Bulgarian Revival houses, craft workshops, water installations, a clock tower, and other buildings. Explore the only Bulgarian collection of filling mills, water mills, grindstones, and other technical installations driven by water. You can observe craftspeople making bells, pottery, confections, furs, and copper vessels, and you can ask them for a lesson in traditional crafts. The complex includes a hotel and a restaurant with traditional dishes prepared according to old local recipes. Before you head to Gabrovo, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Gabrovo sightseeing planning tool , to make sure you see all that Gabrovo has to offer, including Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR.
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  • Located in the hollow of a mountainous Valley, this village is composed of old houses (eighteenth-nineteenth century) lifts here or copies. Each illustrates a particular theme (with explanations in Bulgarian and English) with artisans who work, products made and sold, products in Museum exhibition, etc.: icons, fabrics and carpets, clothing, ceramics, candles, pastries and sweets, tools, leathers, etc. It certainly has a somewhat artificial side, but it is very pedagogical and it allowed us to better understand the life in Bulgaria in the nineteenth century, while we had already visited many original places less well explained. I would definitely recommend this visit to foreigners, even if it is very touristy.
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  • I appreciate this place is for tourists however it gives you a wonderful insight into the history and life of Bulgaria. The buildings are beautiful the surrounding area is picturesque and the food is ...  more »
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