House Museum of Nikola Vaptsarov


This house-museum was the birthplace of Nikola Vaptsarov (1909–42), a respected antifascist poet and activist. Influenced by communist ideology while a student, his populist writings caused his arrest and torture by the wartime fascist government; he wrote his most famous poem while awaiting execution. Period decor, photographs, documents and Vaptsarov’s personal belongings are exhibited, alongside audiovisual displays about his life.

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