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Places of interest in Melnik

Kordopulova house was built in 1754. Initially the building was built for wine making and storage. It was owned by a rich greek family Kordopulos. The last family member of Kordopuloses Manolis died during the Balkan War. In 1912 in his house Manolis hides Yane Sandanski who needed an asylum from tu ...
Metropolitan church of St Nicholas (in Bulgarian - "tsarkva Sveti Nikola") is situated not far from Melnik in the central part of the hill of St Nicholas. The church by itself is not preserved. Only eastern wall and some interior details remain till now. In the past the building of the church consis ...
The church (bazil) of St Anthony (in Bulgarian - tsarkva "Sveti Antoniy") is situated close to the center of Melnik in its north-eastern part. The church is a national cultural monument and is a part of cultural and historical reserve "Melnik". It was built in 1765.It was considered th ...
Pashova house was built in 1815. It is the historical museum now. The ground floor is built of stone. The house consists of 8 rooms. On the ground floor of the building the exhibits presenting winemaking in Melnik are stored. Different museum pieces showing Melnik's way of life during Renaissance pe ...
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 offic ...
Pyramids of Melnik were proclaimed the natural place of interest in 1960. And they are really unique. It’s a natural formation which attracts tourists from all over the world. It is considered that such pyramides were formed because of the soil erosion. The Pyramides of Melnik are in process o ...
Despot Alexius Slav was a Bulgarian independent autocrat of the 12-th and 13-th century and a descendant of the Asen dynasty. There were many mountain fortresses under his authority as well as the Western and Central Rhodopes and the most part of Macedonia to the east of the river Srtuma.Despot Al ...
Monastery of the St Mother of God Spileotissa or "St Zona" (in Bulgarian - manastir "Sveta Bogoroditsa Spileotisa or "Sveta Zona") is one of the valuable cultural and historical monuments of the town Melnik. The monastery was built at the beginning of the 13-th century by despot Alexius Slav&rs ...
St Barbara Church (in Bulgarian - tsarkva "Sveta Varvara") is situated in the north-eastern part of Melnik close to Kordopulova house. The Saint Barbara is a protector from sudden death which is considered a punishment as a death without penance and confession in Christianity. The Saint Ba ...
Metropolitan church of St Nicholas the Miracle-Worker is situated in the south-eastern part of Melnik close to the center of the town.Saint Nicholas in Christianity is considered a miracle-worker, protector of sailors, travelers, merchants and children. He is famous for his charity activities as w ...
"St Haralampius" St Archangels monastery (in Bulgarian - manastir "Sveti Haralampiy" Sveti Arhangeli) is situated not far from Melnik in the hills of St Nicholas to the South of the town. It is a monument of culture of national significance.This monastery (which is currently considered the earlies ...
Sts Peter and Paul Church (in Bulgarian - tsarkva "Sv. Sv. Petar i Pavel") is situated in the southwestern part of Melnik in five minutes from the centre of the town. It is a national cultural monument and is a part of cultural and historical reserve "Melnik".Peter and Paul are the most honoured a ...
Bolyarska house (or the Byzantine house) is situated in the eastern part of Melnik in ten minutes from the centre of the town. It is a monument of Bulgarian medieval housing architecture of national value and is the oldest Byzantine building preserved in the Balkans.The Bolyarska house was built i ...
St John the Baptist Church (in Bulgarian - tsarkva "Sveti Yoan Predtecha") is situated in the northwestern part of Melnik on the right bank of Melnishka river. This church is also known as the Church "Sveti Yani". Locals name it like that.John the Baptist (also known as John the Forerunner) in Chr ...

Places of interest in the Area

Rozhensky Monastery is the largest orthodox cloister in Pirinsky region. The monastery has been kept safe till nowadays and is being visited by numerous tourists from different countries.It is not known for sure when Rozhensky Monastery was built. At the end of the 17-th century huge fire broke ou ...
The picturesque Kashina village is located in southwestern slopes of Pirin mountains. It is typical hilly village situated 8 km from the village Rozhen. It can be reached by a dirt road that is in very poor condition. But nevertheless, the village has a direct transport connection. Every Monday, Sat ...
Kashina Falls is one of the largest and most beautiful natural attractions in the Pirin Mountains. Among locals it is also known as "Skoko", ("Skoko" means "jump" in Bulgarian) for its swift jump which its waters make after the glade close to Garvanova scale. The height of the waterfall is about twe ...
Garvanova rock is named after bald eagles who once inhabited the rock. (In Bulgarian "garvan" means "raven"). Local people by mystake called these birds ravens and so the name of the place was born. In inaccessible corners of the rock eagles have lived from time immemorial, until 1941 when, due to u ...
Rupite area together with the church "Saint Petka of Bulgaria" is a part of Hundred Tourist Sites of the Bulgarian Tourist Union. The area is a cozy complex with a nice park. The grass is cut, there are lots of flowers, benches, gazebos. There is also a convenient parking for visitors. Famous Bulgar ...

Interesting facts

Melnik is famous for its incredible red wine from Shiroka Melnishka. This is an old red grape variety that can grow only in southwestern Bulgaria near Melnik, Sandanski and Petrich in the valley of the Struma River. All attempts of it to be moved to other regions of Bulgaria or abroad were unsuccessful. This makes it a unique variety.