Along the Danube

The nicest homes in Ruse are located near the Danube River. The first one I encountered was the home of Andrea Turio. It was built in 1900 and is considered to be the most beautiful home in the city.

Home of Andrea Turio in Ruse, Bulgaria

Home of Andrea Turio

Not too far away is St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Cathedral, which was built in 1890.

St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Cathedral in Ruse, Bulgaria

St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Cathedral

I then walked a bit along the river. There’s not much there other than a riverwalk. I reached a pedestrian footbridge and crossed back over to the residential area.

Danube River in Ruse, Bulgaria

Danube River

Danube River in Ruse, Bulgaria

Danube River

Pedestrian bridge along the Danube River in Ruse, Bulgaria

Pedestrian bridge

Within a couple blocks are three of the most important homes in Ruse. The first one is the Zahari Stoyanov Museum. Stoyanov was a Bulgarian revolutionary who took part in and wrote a firsthand account of the April Uprising of 1876, “Memoirs of the Bulgarian Uprisings”. The museum is dedicated to the Bulgarian struggle and includes some of his personal belongings.

Zahari Stoyanov Museum in Ruse, Bulgaria

Zahari Stoyanov Museum

A block to the east is the Nikola Obretenov house. Obretenov (1849-1939) was another Bulgarian revolutionary from Ruse who took part in the April Uprising. His book about thee uprising was published posthumously. His mother, Tonka Obretenova, was also an active revolutionary and lived in the house.

Nikola Obretenov house in Ruse, Bulgaria

Nikola Obretenov house

Finally, the Maria Kaliopa Kalitsch house is another block away. This house was the 19th century home of the wife of the Prussian consul. It’s now the Museum of Urban Lifestyles, an ethnographic museum exhibiting the lives of Ruse’s upper class before World War I.

Maria Kaliopa Kalitsch house (Museum of Urban Lifestyles) in Ruse, Bulgaria

Maria Kaliopa Kalitsch house (Museum of Urban Lifestyles)

Maria Kaliopa Kalitsch house (Museum of Urban Lifestyles) in Ruse, Bulgaria

Maria Kaliopa Kalitsch house (Museum of Urban Lifestyles)

The upper floor displays luxurious furniture and ornate hand-painted decorations on the walls and ceilings.

Maria Kaliopa Kalitsch house (Museum of Urban Lifestyles) in Ruse, Bulgaria

Maria Kaliopa Kalitsch house (Museum of Urban Lifestyles)

Maria Kaliopa Kalitsch house (Museum of Urban Lifestyles) in Ruse, Bulgaria

Maria Kaliopa Kalitsch house (Museum of Urban Lifestyles)

Maria Kaliopa Kalitsch house (Museum of Urban Lifestyles) in Ruse, Bulgaria

Maria Kaliopa Kalitsch house (Museum of Urban Lifestyles)

Further to the east is Mladezhki Park, which is a beautiful green space full of trees. Along the river to the north of the park is the National Transport Museum, housed in Bulgaria’s first railway station, built in 1866. It highlights Ruse’s railroad heritage. I was able to visit the park but not the museum.

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