“I am convinced that the Supreme Counsel and the Permanent World counsel, which only aim to take care of the universal prosperity, will achieve their sacred goal before the end of this 20th century!”

September 1918

engineer Nicolas Dymcoff


---> Gorno Brodi and the Clan Halembakovi


Gorno Brodi – a Source of Bulgarian Spirit


In the Southern part of Pirin mountain, between the mountain chains of Cherna Gora, Sharalia, and Zmiinitza, at 1100 meters altitude, is situated a big ancient Bulgarian village, called Gorno Brodi.


The narrow distance between the mountains Sharalia and Zmiinitza is the only slit through which the waters of the Gorno Brodi river can flow out to the field. This narrow slit is the only mountain ford through which one can enter in the wonderful recess of Gorno Brodi village – a buried and fascinating beautiful place.


The waters of the Gorno Brodi river that come from the mountain Cherna Gora were dragging down to the village lots of black sand, full with magnetite from which the villagers obtained iron.


In this wonderful piece of land in the mountain the inhabitants of Gorno Brodi developed many crafts and preserved to the highest rate the Bulgarian name, the Bulgarian liberty-loving spirit, the traditional diligence and the pure love for the motherland.


In Gorno Brodi village were born many Bulgarian heroes – Hadji Dimko Hadjiivanov, Dimko Stoianov Halembakov, Georgi Zhilev, Voivode Ziumbil, Voivode Georgi Radev, Atanas Sveshtarov (part of Hristo Botev’s group), Dimo Hadjidimov, Dimitar Shimbalakov, Ivan Smatrakalev, Georgi Badjarov, Atanas Nikov, Georgi Stamboliev, the glorious Kipra Shopkina and many other national sons and daughters.


Mainly responsible for transforming Gorno Brodi village into a source of Bulgarian national spirit is the person named Hadji Dimko Hadjiivanov, who had been a many year non-replaced mayor of the village in the 30s of the 18th century and to Dimko Stoianov Halembakov, the tax collector of the village.


The two clans of Hadjidimkovi and Halembakovi divided among themselves the spheres of activities – Hadjidimkovi were in charge of the administrative, spiritual and cultural development of the village, which meant that they were responsible for the commune, school, and the church. Halembakovi on the other hand created and developed an economic sphere for many new crafts, mostly based on iron-stone manufacturing and trade.


These two clans were the organizers and inspirers of the patriotic and public spirited society of Gorno Brodi and they were living in full harmony and agreement with each other. During the revolutionary fight against the Ottoman feudal tyranny and its attempts to infringe the Bulgarian schools and churches, the two clans collaborated and together, they stood all sufferings, fines, beatings (some of them were imprisoned in Ser and Thessaloniki) by the Turkish authorities. Thus, the two clans became a tough structure of the revolutionary, craftsman, and the cultural life of the village.


This atmosphere brought together all residents of the village in indestructible unity and strong national patriarchal spirit.


Gorno Brodi village was increasing its population, developing even further its economy and it was turning into one of the most prominent Bulgarian villages, symbol of the strong national spirit. Based on a tax document / taken from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences/ at the end of 1844 there were 753 families with 8 862 residents of the village – this means that in each house there were approximately 12 people.


Dimko Stoianov Halembakov must also receive special merits for the strengthening of the “small village republic” since he was the first iron-stone manufacturer, who started to obtain “samokov iron” from Gorno Brodi village.


Dimko Halembakov had five sons – Dimitar ( born 1853), Nikola ( born 1859), Georgi ( born 1861), Atanas ( 1865), Hristo ( 1874), and two daughters – Geveza ( 1857) and Katerina ( 1863).


Being an extremely talented master, the old Dimkov involved all of his sons in his profession. Since their youth, they were often visiting the workshop of their father so they could help him and learn the craft. The young manufacturers of iron-stone soon became better than their father and reached a proficiency level in their work. Dimko and his sons helped in the development of five basic craft classes: “rudari”, “vuglari”, “peshcheri”, “samokovari” and “kuznari”. The talents of Dimkov’s sons emerged into the creation of the first lathe (machinery tool) in Gorno Brodi village. Their enterprise way of thinking and their talent contributed to even bigger perfection in terms of crafts – that is how fine crafts, such as word-carving, drafting, painting, casting of jewelry and bells from bronze. The three brothers Atanas, Dimitar, and Georgi built the first mechanical town clock in Gorno Brodi village and assembled it in the tower of the village. Such town clocks they assembled in many other villages and towns in Bulgaria. The town clock in Blagoevgrad, which still works, is also made by the Dymcoff brothers.


People, such as Gotze Delchev, Yane Sandanski and Peyo Yavorov often visited and stayed at their house.





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