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Landmarks in Kurdzhali

The Bulgarian Basilica St. Joan the Precursor (11th - 12th century) is located in the Vesselchane Quarter of the town. At the end of 1998 during continuing excavations a unique find was brought to the surface in it - the burial tomb of a senior Christian bishop (dated back to end of the 12th or the beginning of the 13th century) wearing his gold-knitted clerical attire. There are only three more dresses of this kind in the world but this has proved to be the first find of its kind in a burial tomb. A fantastic archaeological find!

In the former konak (the Turkish town-hall built around 1870) with its interesting exterior architecture one can visit the Historical Museum (4, Republikanska Str., tel.: 0361 24200, 24300, 26851). The Picture Gallery (Republikanska Str., tel.: 0361 23619, working hours: 9 a.m. 12 a.m.  and 2 p.m. 5.30 p.m.) hosts the works of such painters as Vladimir Dimitrov - the Master, Kiril Tsonev, Dechko Uzunov, Svetlin Roussev, V. Decheva, D. Kirov and others, as well as icons, prints and church plates.

Kurdzhali has two theatres - the Dimitur Dimov Theatre of Drama (1, Bulair Str., tel.: 0361 26481) and the Puppet Theatre (17, Trakia Blvd., tel.: 0361 22013). There are several senior schools in the town for teachers, nurses and midwives.

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