Fame of Chirpan

History of the museum

Chirpan`s greatest symbol is the famous poet Peyo Yavorov. Peyo Yavorov`s birth place is reserved in Chirpan – the poet who had made a great impression in the Bulgarian literature with the magic of his words. House-museum “P.K.Yavorov” has been opened for visitors at 31 of October 1954. It is situated in central part of the town and welcomes visitors from the country and abroad during all the year. Museum collects and preserves original documents, photos and objects, related with Yavorov`s life.

The shade of the beautiful maple, flowers and boxwood lead us in the big united family life of the poet. Household exhibition consists three rooms: kitchen, living room and so called “Peyo`s room” where personal and family things are being exposed.

In 1973 an exhibition hall was built next to the house where the essential moments of Yavorov`s life and work are chronologically exposed – old town of Chirpan, school days in Plovdiv, telegrapher wanderings, the young poet in Sofia and his participation in the cultural society “Misal”, Yavorov and IMRO, Mina Todorova, Lora Karavelova, early death.

Major collections include personal and family belongings, personal library, Yavorov publications, portraits, pictures. In 2001 a precious sculpture “Mother Macedonia” was donated to the museum.

The big exhibiton halls, the quiet romantic courtyard are traditional venue for cultural events in the poet hometown.

The rich archive of documents and the specialized library are another side of House-museum “P.K.Yavorov” everyday life.

Museum is a host of the annual Chirpan traditional cultural fete. Each and every year Chirpan bows before the poet`s talent and celebrates Yavorov January day fete of literature and art in the name of the great poet. There is a National Prize for Literature that is awarded every five years for lifetime achievements in poetry. The prize is given to authors who created exceptional works representing a significant contribution to the cultural treasury of the country.