Agushevi konatsi

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Agushevi konatsi
Агушеви конаци
Smolyan in Bulgaria
Mogilitsa IFB 3.jpg
Agushevi konatsi
Coordinates41°29′44″N 24°38′08″E / 41.49556°N 24.63556°E / 41.49556; 24.63556Coordinates: 41°29′44″N 24°38′08″E / 41.49556°N 24.63556°E / 41.49556; 24.63556
TypeCastle
Site information
OwnerPrivate ownership|Private
Open to
the public
Public
Site history
Materialsstone, wood

Agushevi konatsi (Bulgarian: Агушеви конаци, "The Agha's Konaks"), built during the 19th century, is a winter estate of an Ottoman feudal in the Mogilitsa village in Bulgaria. It is formed of three consecutive identical large residential edifices with courtyards. It was declared a national monument of art and culture under Government Order No PMC 388 on 30 December 1964. It was named after the title of its owner, Salih Aga.[1][2]

Location[edit]

Agushevi konatsi is located in the Mogilitsa village on the Rhodope Mountains of southern Bulgaria. It is at a distance of 25 kilometres (16 mi) to the south of the town of Smolyan.[1][2]

History[edit]

The feudal estate was built from 1820 to 1840 (1840-42 is also mentioned[3]) by Salih Aga, an Ottoman feudal. It was built as the residence of the agha and his three sons and named after the agha, the owner. Konatsi's singular form is “konak”, which means a "palatial residence, large house". The complex was built by three master craftsmen of Bulgaria.[1][2] There is an inscription at the entrance to one of the courtyards dated to 1843.[4]

Features[edit]

The castle ensemble consists of three successive buildings built exclusively as a summer residential accommodation for the Ottoman feudal, each as an exclusive functional building. It has three courtyards within which the residences of the feudal lord and his sons were built. The complex also provides for residential buildings for the attendants to the family and casual workers on the farm lands. The farm lands have a shed, barn and other structures related to farming. Each courtyard had a well.[1] The residential area consists of several rooms, salons, passages, tunnels and secret enclosures. The entire complex is encircled by thick walls fortified with towers; with the outer high tower having a unique design. The height of the enclosure wall gradually rises from one end to the other. The entire complex is fitted with 221 windows, 86 doors and 24 chimneys. The towers, and interior walls have elegant decorations and the eaves projecting from the roof are colourfully painted. The towers and walls of the edifice are painted predominantly in white and brown colour, which gives it a very elegant appearance.[1][2][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Agushevi Konatsi – Mogilitsa village". Official Website of Bulgaria Tourism. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "About the Treasure: House, Ensemble". Association for Cultural Tourism. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  3. ^ Bulgarian Foreign Trade. Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce & Industry. 1985.
  4. ^ a b "Agushevi Konatsi". Journey Bulgaria Architectura. Retrieved 30 April 2016.