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National Art Gallery in Bulgaria's capital city

Address: 1 Battenberg Square

Directions: from the main Maria Luisa str., turn into Tsar Osvoboditel and walk straight to the Battenberg Square

The National Art Gallery and the Ethnographic Museum are housed in the former Royal palace. It was built on 1873. During the reign of Knyaz Alexander Battenberg the building was entirely renovated on the exterior and inside in the Art nouveau style, with elements of Neo-rococo and Baroque. Expensive and unique wooden pieces of furniture were arranged in the palace rooms. Visiting the National Art Gallery, one will discover sumptuous interior and unique ambience.

The National Art Gallery exhibits a collection of It hosts 12,000 exhibits by the most prominent contemporary Bulgarian artists, including painter Zahari Zograph and sculptor Andrei Nikolov. Besides the National Art Gallery and houses over 50,000 pieces of Bulgarian art. Thus, Bulgarian classical masters of painting and sculpture are represented with their most mature works.It is recommendable to see the works of Vladimir Dimitrov-Maistora (1882-1960), whose pictures of Bulgarian peasant girls surrounded by apples, apricots and other fruits have a timeless, spiritual reminiscent of Orthodox icons,and depict Bulgarian woman from the period. If you wish to see modern stuff, then you should head for the ground-floor galleries, where temporary exhibitions of contemporary art are staged.

The National Ethnographic Museum is worth a visit as it is housed in the same building, so if you're interested in colourful exhibits and the authentic Bulgarian spirit, then, do not hesitate to drop by.

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