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Bansko Ski Center

Published on 2014-10-03

Bansko is situated in the most beautiful part of Pirin Mountain and offers to all visitors excellent conditions for mountain sports and tourism. Unlike many other winter resorts, here the hotel facilities are situated exclusively in the town. Bansko mountain resort offers the most up to date infrastructure available to tourists for a perfect winter vacation.During these winter months the cabin/gondola
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The Icon Museum
Just off the northeast corner of pl. Vazrazhdane there is the Rilski Metoh that has now been restored to the Orthodox Church and is once again a nunnery affiliated to Rila Monastery. However, the building still contains an Icon Museum from Communist times, showing the achievements of Bansko's 19th century icon painters.
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Church of Sveta Troitsa
The Church of Sveta Troitsa, on the south side of pl. Vazrazhdane, got the go-ahead after Bansko merchants paid off a local official to declare that a miraculous icon had been discovered on the site (which qualified it as "holy ground" suitable for a Christian place of worship). A wall was then raised to conceal the townsfolk's' enlargement of the church beyond the size set by Ottoman clerks - for
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Church of Sveta Bogoroditsa
Across town, east of the train station, is located the early 19th century Church of Sveta Bogoroditsa. The church is an atmospheric, semi-submerged structure beside the town cemetery. Nowadays, most of its treasures have been moved to the Icon Museum.
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Bansko's Pl. Nikola Vaptsarov
Bansko's modern, pedestrianized zone is centred around pl. Nikola Vaptsarov, named after the revolutionary poet. On the corner of the square, near a postwar statue of Vaptsarov in a declamatory pose, is the house where he was born, now the Nikola Vaptsarov Museum which recreates his childhood home and expounds on his life and poetry (in Bulgarian only).It is a historical monument of national significance.
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Vazrazhdane Square
Bansko's old town begins a short way uphill on pl. Vazrazhdane, dominated by a large monument to an even more renowned son of Bansko, Otets (Father) Paisii, also known as Paisii of Hilendar (1722-73), author of the Slav-Bulgarian History. It begun in 1745, when Paisii became a monk at the Bulgarian monastery on Mount Athos, but not widely distributed until over fifty years later.
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The Neofit Rilski House - Museum
Behind the Church of Sveta Troitsa, there is the Neofit Rilski House - Museum that remembers another key figure in the 19th century resurgence of Bulgarian education and church life, Neofit Rilski. He was born in Bansko in 1793, was son of the local priest, Rilski looked set to join one of the local icon-painting studios until a visit to Rila filled him with enthusiasm for the monastic life. The museum
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Velyanov House
A couple of minutes' walk south of pl. Vazrazhdane, the Velyanova Kashta, at Velyan Ognev , is a typical stone Bulgarian house, packed with 19th century furnishings and rugs, providing a good idea of how Bansko's better-off citizens once lived.
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The place is particularly popular among foreign tourists, drawn by the blend of antique Revival-time architecture and up-to-date amenities Bansko is a specific town which suggests individual past and authenticity in culture, ethnography and customs. The atmosphere of mystery and remoteness is created by the meandering cobblestone streets, small and lively pubs, restaurants, clubs and cafes in the old town will make your going-to-bed early virtually impossible.

The sports events and the long list of cultural happenings in Bansko ensure pleasant experiences for the guests of the town throughout the year. The small town of the Bulgarian national revival hosts a number of big sports competitions in both summer and winter. Bansko has an extremely rich catalogue of cultural events. A part of them have preserved the traditions in folklore, customs, woodcarving and paintings that are of regional importance.

Come and enjoy our beautiful nature, spend an unforgettable vacation in Bansko. Today, Bansko is certainly one of the jewels in Bulgaria's tourism crown. This charming, historic town is located in the broad Mesta River plain, which is bordered by three mountain groups: the Rila, Rhodopes and Pirin.

Bansko provides an interesting combination between the virgin nature of Pirin Mountain and the atmosphere of the ancient Bulgarian small town. It has a very rich and unique culture that you cannot find anywhere else in Bulgaria. Even though the town is relatively small, it has a great spirit that the people have preserved over the centuries.