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Nikola Fichev ( ) (1800-1881), commonly known as Kolyu Ficheto ( ), was a Bulgarianmarker National Revival architect, builder and sculptor born in Dryanovomarker in 1800.

Left an orphan without a father at the age of three, Kolyu Ficheto was taught craftsmanship by the masterhands in Tetevenmarker since he was ten. He learned stonecutting in the Albanianmarker town of Korçëmarker when he was 17, and then mastered the construction of church, bell towers and bridges from the craftsmen in Bratsigovomarker.

Kolyu Ficheto became a journeyman at the age of 23 and was fully recognized as a master craftsman by the whole builders' guild at 36. Aside from his mother tongue Bulgarian, he spoke fluent Turkish and good Greek and Romanian, but was illiterate, unable to read and write. Kolyu Ficheto is known for having lain under one of his own bridges to guarantee its safety with his life.

Fichev died in Veliko Tarnovomarker, where he was buried, in 1881.

Some of his notable works include the Byala Bridge (Беленски мост, Belenski most) over the Yantra Rivermarker close to Byalamarker (1865-1867), the Covered Bridge in Lovechmarker over the Osam (1872-1874), churches in his native town, as well as in Svishtovmarker (Church of the Holy Trinitymarker, 1867) and Veliko Tarnovo (1844), where he also designed a number of houses and public buildings.

Architecture

Image:MonkeyVT-KF150.jpg|The House with the Monkey - Veliko Turnovomarker built in 1849 by Kolyo FichetoImage:ByalaBridge-KF150.jpg|The bridge over Yantra Rivermarker in Byala, Ruse Provincemarker, built in 1867 by Kolyo FichetoImage:StTrinityKF150.jpg|Church of the Holy Trinity, Svishtovmarker, built in 1867 by Kolyo FichetoImage:NGruev.Lovech.CoveredBridge.jpg|The Lovechmarker Covered Bridge over Osam river, built in 1874 by Kolyo FichetoImage:KonakVT-KF150.jpg|The Town-Hall in Veliko Turnovomarker, built in 1876 by Kolyo FichetoImage:Dryanovo church kf.jpg|The 19th century church in Dryanovomarker, designed by Kolyu Ficheto

Honour

Ficheto Pointmarker on Livingston Islandmarker in the South Shetland Islandsmarker, Antarcticamarker is named after Kolyu Ficheto.

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