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Bansko

Bansko

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The town of Bansko is located in southwestern Bulgaria, at the foot of Pirin Mountain. It is located about 160 km south of Sofia and about 55 km southeast of Blagoevgrad. Bansko is a famous winter resort, but it also has a rich architectural and historical heritage. Many authentic Bulgarian Revival houses and several churches and chapels have been preserved. Bansko Day is October 5, when the city celebrates the anniversary of liberation from Turkish rule (October 5, 1912).

Nikola Vaptsarov Square and Museum
Nikola Vaptsarov Square and Museum
The famous Bulgarian poet Nikola Vaptsarov (1909-1942), the only Bulgarian with the World Peace Prize, was born in Bansko. The central square and the community center were named in his honor. The house he grew up in was transformed into a museum in 1952, and later in 1973 was declared a historical monument of culture of national importance.

Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church
The idea of ​​building a large church in Bansko arose in the early 19th century. For several decades, the initiators, including major figure Lazar Herman, have been fighting to fund and build the church. In 1835 the church was completed. Subsequently, the church was expanded and decorated. The temple is a Bulgarian cultural monument.

House Museum Neophyte of Rila
House Museum Neophyte of Rila
In the immediate vicinity of the Church of the Holy Trinity is the birthplace of the writer Neophyte of Rila (Nikola Benin) born in Bansko in 1793. The museum house was opened in 1981 to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Neophyte of Rila. Ethnographic exposition is displayed in part of the house.

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The Neofit Rilski Museum House also houses an exposition showing materials and documents that reveal the writer's many years of work. Some of his most famous works are presented - Bulgarian Grammar from 1835, parts of Greek-Bulgarian dictionary, transcript of Slavic-Bulgarian History, translation of the New Testament, thoughts of Neophyte of Rila and others.

Monument of St. Paisius of Hilendar
Monument of St. Paisius of Hilendar
Another famous Bulgarian born in Bansko is Paisii Hilendarski (1722-1773). He is a national awakener and priest, author of Slavic-Bulgarian History - the first revival work of Bulgarian historiography. In his honor in 1976 was erected a monument, where a statue of Paisii Hilendarski is placed together with few stone pages, describing various scenes of the Bulgarian history. He was canonized as a saint of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church on June 26, 1962.

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