Occupying a Revival-era stone and wood building, this house-museum exhibits manuscripts by, and photos of, Rilski (1793–1881), the father of Bulgarian secular education, who created an early Bulgarian grammar textbook (1835) and a Bulgarian–Greek dictionary.
House Museum of Neofit Rilski
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