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Kordopulova house

Kordopulova house was built in 1754. Initially the building was built for wine making and storage. It was owned by a rich greek family Kordopulos. The last family member of Kordopuloses Manolis died during the Balkan War. In 1912 in his house Manolis hides Yane Sandanski who needed an asylum from turks. Yane was the national hero who liberated Melnik from Ottoman domination. Manolis Kordopulos was killed by turkish forces while they were leaving the town. Nowadays in Kordopulova house you can see the hiding place where Yane Sandanski and other bulgarians took cover from turks.

Kordopulova house is also known as Tsintsarova house. After Manolis’s death the house was inherited by Agnessa who married Georgi Tsintsar. It is not known for sure if Agnessa was Kordopulos’s sister or their maid. Georgi Tsintsar and his wife Agnessa become the owners of the house. Since the Tsintsar family was childless they decided to adopt their nephew named Gavrail. During 1974-1980 the Kordopulova house has been reconstructed and restored. Nowadays it is a private museum of Nikola Paspalev who is the son of the same Gavrail.

Kordopulova house is visited by 30 000 tourists annualy. As well as interior they admire exterior of the house. Its builders had delicate taste and intellect. They built the house in the best traditions of bulgarian winemaking and storage.

According to certain sources the Kordopulova house is the biggest house of the XIX century in Bulgaria. It consist of four floors and underground wine-cellar. The first two floors are made from stones. The underground tunnel is 150 metres long and can store up to 300 tons of wine. The tunnel is provided with special channels and ventilation system for good wine storage. Tourists are allowed to go down to the underground and to see the biggest barrel which can store up to 12,5 tons of wine. There it is also possible to taste and buy famous wine from Melnik. The underground tunnels are rather cramped and narrow. The tunnel walls are covered with coins. Tourists make a wish and try to stick a coin to the wall. If coin sticks the wish will come true.

On the upper floors the ancient furniture and interior is kept. In the hall there are 12 windows made from Venetian glass, the walls are painted and decorated and the furniture is carved. The wooden floors are covered with handicraft colourful carpets. There is also an interesting terrace which was a conservatory.

The Kordopulova house is included in 100 national touristic places in Bulgaria and takes the fourth place among them.  It is situated in the north-eastern part of Melnik above the St Barbara Church.

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Interesting facts

Melnik is famous for its incredible red wine from Shiroka Melnishka. This is an old red grape variety that can grow only in southwestern Bulgaria near Melnik, Sandanski and Petrich in the valley of the Struma River. All attempts of it to be moved to other regions of Bulgaria or abroad were unsuccessful. This makes it a unique variety.