The main ideas and events in the development of Bulgarian society during the considered period are presented, creating an idea of ​​the natural and logical connections between the processes that began in the XNUMXth - XNUMXth centuries and led to the spiritual and political awakening of the Bulgarians called Bulgarian revival. At the same time, a complex picture of the renaissance era is being built, revealing its connection with pan-European ideas and with similar events that took place in parallel in neighboring nations. Thus, the work of prominent Bulgarian Renaissance personalities finds its natural place and rational explanation in the time-space of the era.

The historical narrative is structured into eight main themes:
1. The Ottoman conquest and its geopolitical consequences in a pan-European plan;
2. The new religious-cultural and military-political realities in the Bulgarian lands after the conquest;
3. The Bulgarians in the early centuries of the Ottoman rule - lifestyle and livelihood;
4. The Church and the Christian faith in the life of the Bulgarians in the Ottoman Empire;
5. Economic prerequisites for the beginning of the Revival and formation of the Bulgarian revival economy;
6. The spiritual awakening of the Bulgarians and the birth of the national idea;
7. Bulgarian Renaissance education and culture;
8. The struggle of the Bulgarians for ecclesiastical and political independence.

Within the framework of the big narrative, small stories are also brought to the fore, which add relief and completeness to the overall historical picture. For example, visitors can learn more about traditional Renaissance crafts, about the production of rose oil, about the emancipation of Bulgarian women during the Renaissance, about the appearance of city clock towers and their connection with economic prosperity.  

The hall "Bulgarian lands under Ottoman rule (XV-XIX centuries)" of the National History Museum has been renovated with the financial support of the National Fund "Culture" under the program "Program for the restoration and development of state, regional and municipal cultural institutes".

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