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AQUAIRON Ltd. was established in 1993 in the city of Rousse as a successor to a family tradition in wrought iron craft. Started as a small business back in 1924, it still relies on traditional methods and techniques in the field of wrought iron, blacksmith crafts, artistic metalwork and timber constructions, preserved and passed over the generations.
The company is rightly fully very proud of its heritage, Milen’s great grandfather Ivan Stefanov. a Master Craftsman with many accomplishments to his name. Included in this, while working as an apprentice, he assisted in the creation of the gates and railings of the Holy Trinity Church Russe in 1918, which allowed him to progress his art and further attain his Master’s Certificate in 1924.
Throughout his life he worked on many famous creative projects, one of which was the restoration of the famous old iron city gate of ‘Kyunt Capua’ which was first erected in the 18th Century.
Originally constructed as one of the five gates making up the Ottoman fortress of Rustchuk in Ruse, Northern Bulgaria on the river Danube.
Much of the fortress was destroyed under the Berlin Peace accord of 1878 leaving very little of the fortress standing other than this gate.
In order to protect the city these gates it is believed were dressed in iron making penetration very difficult if not impossible for the siege weapons of the time.
Thus, the restoration had to embody this technique and in 1969 the restoration project was undertaken by Milen’s great grandfather.
The conservation of the gate was carried our precisely and finally the keys to operate it were presented to the Director of the Regional History Museum.
Hommel and Mainz – Germany
This all in one belt driven drilling platform purchased second hand by Milen’s great grandfather and was used on the gates at ‘Kyunt Capua’.
It was driven by an electric motor that had a leather belt which transferred the inertia to the drill.
It thus allowed Ivan Stefanovto successfully to reproduce the original affect of the city gates with complete authenticity.
The Bank of the Simeonov Brothers Ruse.
Another significant building and architectural masterpiece that Ivan Stefanov assisted with, was that of the inner staircases within the bank, wreathed with exquisite iron railings, which are entwined with plant ornaments and a fantastic dragon with a lion’s head and wings.
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