The Great-Listed Telephone Palace in Sofia, Bulgaria Becomes Unparalleled Private Museum

The capital city of Bulgaria will have its own museum similar to the Louvre AbuDhabi

The building permit is issued and the complete transformation of the iconic Telephone Palace officially begins

The grand-scale project is supported by Thrace Foundation and Vassil Bojkov

Bulgaria is said to finally have its own museum that is of a similar scale to the iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi. This will be something with no equivalent on the Balkans as the project envisions complete reconstruction of the great-listed Telephone Palace in Sofia. The building is set to become an internationally recognized place where art, culture, history, and technology meet. Earlier in July, 2019, Zdravko Zdravkov, Chief Architect of Sofia Metropolitan Municipality, issued the building permit, allowing for the reconstruction work to start. According to the approval documents, the roof will be rebuilt into a mansard floor and an underground parking facility will be constructed as well. With a potential to become one of the most visited places not only in Europe but in the world, the future private museum at the Telephone Palace is planned to offer a more in-depth and interactive way of looking at art, culture, and history. It will have a good number of gallery halls on several levels, hosting all types of expositions – from presentations of rare archaeological finds to exhibitions of contemporary artworks. One of the biggest and most important exhibitions is set to include the artefacts from the famous Vassil Bojkov Collection. Apart from the art galleries, the building will have its own laboratory. It will be equipped with the latest and most advanced technology for examination and restoration of artefacts and other ancient works of art.

With the goal to be similar to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the future private museum already attracted some of the most famous and respected names in the world of art. Just recently, the building was visited by no other but the chief curator of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles Jeffrey Spider. This grand project is initiated and supported by Thrace Foundation – the largest non- profit organization in Bulgaria that has the main objective to preserve and promote ancient art, cultural valuables, and antique treasures belonging to the country.


About the author Iliyana Ivanova is a journalist and historian born in Bulgaria but currently based in London, UK. She has studied at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski and graduated from the Faculty of History with a BA in Archeology and MA in Ancient History and Thracian Studies. Throughout the years, Iliyana has organized various cultural and historical events back in Bulgaria with the idea to reveal little-known-information about the ancient world of Thrace. She continues her practice in the UK as well with the main goal to promote the history and ancient treasures of Bulgaria. Currently, her main focus is one of the most fascinating private collections of Thracian artefacts – that of the philanthropist and collector Vasil Bojkov. Her personal blog contains articles about the pieces owned by Vasil Bojkov, their meaning to her country and the world, his personal life, and all the deeds, charity events, and exhibitions initiated by him.

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