Chitalishte – the most important cultural institution of the 19th century

A chitalishte (Bulgarian: читалище,) is a typical Bulgarian public institution and building which fulfills several functions at once, such as a community centre, library and a theatre. It is also used as an educational institution, where people of all ages can enroll in foreign language, dance, music and other courses.
The Chitalishte in Kopivshtitsa
Above is a rather small example. Google images search shows much larger chitalishte читалище