As if in Heaven

Do we pay attention to the buildings we pass by? Every day on the way to work, to school, or when we are traveling and running in a hurry through the streets of some unfamiliar settlement to get from one tourist attraction to another.
Do we look at the buildings we pass, the residential buildings, and not only, do we give them the necessary attention and time? Or we just take them for granted. For an uninteresting filling in urban architecture. Nothing more.
Well, I have to admit that it is difficult to travel with me. It's hard to walk anywhere. Because for me these buildings are not just architectural filling. And I'm always like that: "Oh, look at this construction over there! OMG! Such a design! Look at this beautiful old keystone. At the corbels. And the bay window. And this sculpture on top of the tower! Let's cross the street to look it in detail. Then let's go back to the previous sidewalk, because I saw another house there... Now let's get on this side street. But then we will return to the main one... Let's cross... Let's go back again...", etc. etc. 😄 You can imagine.
But in this place, which I will show you in this post, I happened to be alone. And I was happy about that fact, because I didn't have to bother anyone with my passion for architecture.
I was left here alone with it. It was just me and the buildings. (And the astonished passers-by on the streets, who were again wondering what I was shooting, why I was shooting it, and what there was to shoot here at all.)😁
And I can tell you that I felt as if I was in Heaven. Because this experience was my association with Paradise then.

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So, now we will walk along some streets of my favorite Bulgarian coastal city of Burgas. And you will see with me the buildings of its old houses in the order in which I saw them too.

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Most of them were abandoned, some were separated from the street by restrictive tapes and warnings of a dangerous and crumbling building with falling objects.

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But they all had beautiful designs, typical of the past.
And at the same time this is a very clear past - a gap between two destructive epochs.

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I have told you before that the most beautiful architecture in Bulgaria was built between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th.

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(You see the construction year on the facade - 1897. And this is one of the many proofs of the correctness of my theory.)

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For me, this was the greatest flourishing of architecture and especially residential.

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Then, when the rich people (how it was possible that there were rich people then at all? 🤔), shook off Turkish slavery and built beautiful houses for themselves and their families.

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It is very clear that these were the houses of rich people.

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Because only rich people could then, in those poor times, afford such attention to detail, such decoration.

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(Some of the buildings are completely abandoned, some are habitable or usable on one of their two floors. As it looks it is here with the first floor.)

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Do you yourself notice this attention to detail and the decoration in every single building? They all are extremely different and no construction resembles any of the others. This is what I also really like in them.

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I know that in previous posts I have shown you such unmaintained and dilapidated residential buildings too (in which people still live today). But they were from a different era, and are located in a single city in Bulgaria.

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The ones I'm showing you here are traditional, so to speak. There are similar ones all over Bulgaria. In every city, rich people have built similar (in beauty) houses since the country's liberation from Turkish slavery.

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But why they are in such a condition at the moment - this is a question to which I can not answer.

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(Construction year - 1895.)

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I do not believe there is common sense that could justify this situation. That's why I just prefer to take pictures of all these beauties who are here today, in this miserable state. But there may not be any of them tomorrow.

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During my walks on these streets, I even came across a group of workers, apparently hired to take everything out of such an old house, probably preparing it for demolition.

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So I was lucky to be able to take pictures of its last days on earth.

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(This beautiful house with distinctive Art-nouveau elements is one of my favorites.)

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It's really a sad story.

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So now you may think that Bulgaria is full only of collapsing and unmaintained buildings 😄 And rightly so.
But no, that's not the case.

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I have already shown you some very new and modern buildings from this same city (and I have much more to show you in the future).

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(A sign of a Gaming Hall under such an abandoned building.😄)

The buildings from my current post are a special category that Bulgarians want to get rid of in every way. These buildings are expensive to maintain. They require too much money for renovation. Probably much more than building a new and modern house would require.

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You can imagine that when they were built, no matter how expensive their construction, then there were no insulation materials, for example. And they cannot have been built according to modern standards.
I am sure that the heating of their interior is very difficult, and the plumbing and electrical system must be completely replaced.
So, as much as I myself wish I could ever live in such a building, it is obvious that it is difficult to achieve from a financial point of view. 😊

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This post was inspired by the theme of A+D Community Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 4 🏘️❤️


Copyright: @soulsdetour


Hive.jpgSoul's Detour is a project started by me years ago when I had a blog about historical and not so popular tourist destinations in Eastern Belgium, West Germany and Luxembourg. Nowadays, this blog no longer exists, but I'm still here - passionate about architecture, art and mysteries and eager to share my discoveries and point of view with you.


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Hello dear friend @soulsdetour good day
What a beautiful tribute to these beautiful period buildings, as you say, who knows how much longer they will be standing.
I would also spend hours observing the details of its façade, it is what I admire about period buildings

Thank you very much for introducing us to these beauties from Bulgaria

Have a beautiful day

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Dear @jlufer, I already know your love for architecture and more precisely, residential buildings, so I was sure this post would get your attention 😊
Thank you very much for your appreciation!
Have a beautiful evening!
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Thanks again for sharing such beautiful buildings! Late 19th century architecture is really beautiful, not only because people building were rich but alto because they paid attention to detail and took their time building. Now developers only pay attention to profits and even the most luxury buildings look like a square cement block.
It is such a shame that these beauties are in such a dilapidated state. It should be a priority to restore them.
Cheers

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Dear @parmengo, since this topic - architecture before and now, is of great interest to me, I have commented and written quite a bit so far. But in general, your words overlap with my understanding of both types of construction (and I keep wondering where this world is going
🤔)
Cheers
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I hope many of these old beauties will be saved. Thank you very much for posting.

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I really hope the same, @kansuze! Yet it seems that some things are destined to simply disappear from this planet. Only some photos will remain of them, if anyone has taken in the meantime...
But yes, I too hope that a miracle will happen and that some, if not all, of these buildings will be saved.🙏
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What an interesting collection of historic houses dear @soulsdetour! It's a pity that some of those luxurious residences have to be demolished because of their dilapidated states. Hopefully, perhaps a few of them can be preserved and converted into live museums where they continue to stand as heritage landmarks, showcasing the architectural legacy of the Bulgarian coastal city of Burgas. 👍

On a different note, you should have been an Architect too! It's rare to see people who are genuinely magnetized, spell-bounded, lured by incredible architecture, and not be immersed in an academic curriculum related to it. Nevertheless, I'm truly joyful that you have discovered one sure way of going to heaven - through your sincere love for architecture! ❤️ 😊

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Dear @storiesoferne, your suggestion for preserving the buildings by turning them into museums is something that is inapplicable in a country like Bulgaria. 😊 If it was a rich country that cares about its culture, traditions and heritage, then it would work. But still, as I wrote above, I pray for a miracle!

As for my passion for architecture and my probable profession, it's long and complicated to explain. Destiny works in mysterious ways.😊

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It was a pleasure to walk visually with you through your photos. Thank you!
I could only imagine the glory of these past times... Wonderful buildings, too bad nobody builds such ones anymore...

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Yes, dear @lightcaptured, perhaps this is the main, most important and saddest thing. It is not that these buildings are left to self-destruct. But the fact that no one is building such houses anymore. If they disappear, a whole era will go away with them, a whole school of mastery, a culture of quality, skills and beauty that are so lacking today.
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I agree. I suppose something could be done.
Probably "emigrate" those buildings to countries that respect, love and maintain its historic relics ;) :P

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Ha ha, so funny 😄. But as weird as it sounds, that's probably the only solution!
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Hello @soulsdetour, I am still fascinated by everything I see and the same thing happens to me, it is very annoying for some to go somewhere with me because I stop a lot to observe jjjjj. It is a collection of beautiful buildings that you present to us, it is a pity that they are lost without being restored, thus an era of beautiful constructions with very nice designs, almost always unique, is lost, it is a great pity that they cannot be saved. nice post🤗❤️

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These historic buildings need major renovations for sure but they truly stood the test of time.
Keep writing great publications, have a wonderful day:)

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Hey @sahiba-rana, thank you very much! Waiting for your awesome content here too!
Have an amazing week! 😊
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I like to see but the thing is its quite weird to take a picture or even look for more than fee secs of other people’s house in my area. I might be seen as someone suspicious 😢 its sad. There’re few cute house in my area that i wish i can share

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Dear @firayumni, I actually have the same problem here - I wrote about it before. It's good that the buildings I'm showing in this post are in a big city, but in smaller towns or villages, it is very difficult to take a picture on the street. People immediately start to feel uncomfortable, look at me with suspicion and ask questions. In one village, I was even on the verge of being beaten by a woman for photographing her house. 😁
But when you live in such an environment, you start to get creative and inventive with the phone and take pictures, nonetheless. People are most afraid of large cameras. And you can take pictures with your phone, pretending to do something else. 😊
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Beautiful buildings, in spite of the poor conditions in which they are located. It would be so beautiful if they could be recovered, renovated and turned into a historic district of the city. Too bad, it seems that this is not the intention of the city or the government. Greetings

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Hi @francisaponte25, indeed, this is not the intention of the government. The Bulgarian government has never had plans to renovate anything. But there is something else here - these are private buildings. Nothing can be done about them.
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Thank you for sharing your incredible photography of buildings throughout Bulgaria with us @soulsdetour 📷

Old houses and structures fascinate me ever since I was a young girl. I wonder about who lived there, the stories that were told by the occupants, where they came from, where they went...

Houses and buildings that are restored and renovated to their former condition with modern touches is another interest of mine. Yours as well?

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Hi @ninahaskin, yes, I would probably in the future make another post with all the renovated buildings from the same era, I photographed along the abandoned and unmaintained ones.
I am too very interested in the lives and stories of the people who lived in these beautiful houses (their living core, so to speak). This interest intensified especially when I came across an abandoned house. And then I can't help but ask myself the question - what happened to its inhabitants, why did they make such a decision, where are they now, are they alive at all?
I don't know if this is a natural consequence of the interest in architecture, or it is just a feature unique to both of us 😊
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