The house of Rayko Goranov


Architect: Karl Heinrich, the facade decoration is by Andreas Grays
Year: 1912
Address: 2, Dunav Str
Contemporary function: Offices

One of the most beautiful homes in Sofia keeps the stories of intriguing personalities and dramatic events that have left a trail on the development of Sofia and the whole of Bulgaria. The building was owned by Rayko Goranov from Teteven, a university lecturer and professor of Latin and Ancient Greek, a great donor of the university library, he was preserved in the memories of its students as a mysterious and elegant person. Sleek and reserved, the professor was 43 years old when his fine house was finished. Today the building has been renovated to reflect its original beauty and to be one of the secret finds of Sofia. The magnificent facades are made by architect Karl Heinrich (born in Bohemia and studied in the German city of Cittau) and sculptor Andreas Grays (a Viennese who graduated in his home town). Both have captured the building spirit of the Bulgarian cities after the Liberation and choose to work in Sofia for decades and for the rest of their lives. In this architectural task, the two do not save decoration to highlight the windows and the main entrance with harmonic curves, flowers, leaves and elegant female figures that fill the facades and make them unique for the whole of Sofia. The street facade is symmetrical, while the facade of the adjoining courtyard is more agile according to the ideas of the secession. The main course is located in a forward-facing risalite, decorated with the year of the building and a lion’s head.

Къщата на Райко Горанов

In 1912, Sofia was beautifying with many new residential buildings, but urban development is far from being a public priority. In the autumn, the first action from the Balkan wars began, and foreign military correspondents wrote about the strange Bulgarian people, who celebrated when going to war. The mobilization reached about 600 000 people or significantly more than the combined total military force of the Allies, Serbia, Greece and Montenegro. Bulgaria has recorded glorious and heroic victories for its history, but also ineffective military and diplomatic actions, so that the outbreak of the first act is postponed to spring of next year (the spring campaign against the Ottoman Empire) and the second action (the so-called Second Balkan War) remains for the summer. In this year of popular enthusiasm, two foreigners created one of the most beautiful and unpopular residential buildings of Sofia, for which it has its important place in the route of