Krastatata Kazarma (the “cross-shaped barracks”)

Krastatata Kazarma (the “cross-shaped barracks”)
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The building is a culture monument of national importance. It was built in 1801 for the needs of the quartered in Vidin Ottoman troops and was connected with the armaments workshop in the neighbourhood. After the liberation from the Ottomans it served as court-martial and barracks of the Bulgarian army.
Krastatata Kazarma (the “cross-shaped barracks”) is a solid-built two-storey structure shaped as a cross and with built-up area of 1260 sq.m. The interior inspires sensation of stateliness, stability and solemnity.
During the period from 1965 to 1967 the building was restored and adapted to a museum. An ethnographic lay-out presenting the economic life of Vidin region inhabitants from the late 19th to the early 20th centuries has been displayed since 1969. The main agriculture activities such as ploughing, sowing, harvest, threshing and hay mowing are shown here. Special attention is turned to vine-growing and wine-production. The Danube river fishing has a special place at the exposition.
The crafts are represented by weaving equipment for processing wool and hemp cotton horizontal loom and distinctive checkered and striped fabrics.
Folk artistic crafts are represented by the relevant tools and works – goldsmith’s, coppersmith’s, pottery-making, wood-carving, tailoring, furriery, felting, forgery and cart- wright trade.
The fine women’s low-cut sleeveless dresses and men’s costumes – ritual, formal and everyday, decorated with elegant embroidery reveal the high esthetic culture of the local people. The costumes and town life-style articles illustrate the connections of Vidin with Europe. The captions are written in five languages – Bulgarian, Russian, English, German and French and it helps the visitors.

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