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The Royal Palace was built in 1873 as the headquarters of the Ottoman police. It was here that the national Bulgarian hero Vasil Levski was tortured and publicly executed.
After the Russian-Turkish war in 1877-1878, the palace was completely rebuilt and acquired the Venetian style. In 1887, Alexander Battenberg moved into the building. Since then, the Royal Palace has become the official residence of the royal family.
Today, the eastern wing of the palace houses the National Picture Gallery, which houses one of the most complete collections of Bulgarian art. Here are the works of all famous masters of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Vladimir Dimitrov, Goshka Datsov, Georgy Mashev, Anton Mitov, etc.
On the floor above, there are many small rooms and corridors where you can observe statuettes in bronze, marble and terracotta. These works belong to the Bulgarian sculptors Vaska Emmanuilova, Ivan Lazarov and Andrei Nikolov.
Both floors of the building also house the Ethnographic Museum, which displays a permanent collection of folk crafts and national costumes. Most of the museum is occupied by temporary thematic exhibitions.
Part of the premises of the palace in our time is in rather poor condition. The rest of the rooms are decorated with marble fireplaces and mirrors. At the exit from the museum there is a souvenir shop where you can buy miniature copies of museum pieces.
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