During the Ottoman domination Melnik was a big administrative center. There were turkish barracks functioning in the town. They executed their administrative functions in the so-called turkish konak. Konak translated from Turkish has several meanings. It means eather a palace of a rich turkish official, or a place for night lodging, or a police department. At that time Melnik’s high representative of the Turkish authorities was situated in the konak, where he accomplished his administrative activities.
The building, where the turkish konak was located is still preserved. It is situated in the center of the town right across the street from the library.
In socialist times the town has been included in the compulsory program of excursions for pupils.