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MelnikThe town of Melnik is situated 180 kilometers to the South of the town of Sandanski in the South-West foothills of the Pirin Mountain. The town of Melnik is the smallest town in Bulgaria, but it is so attractive, that often the number of tourists and visitors per day exceeds the number of its 230 inhabitants. The town of Melnik is famous for its ancient houses and rich architecture, legendary history, incredible nature, weird rock formations and thick flavour wines. Winston Churchill, himself, ordered 500 liters per year from the renowned wine form Melnik. The town is declared a culture – historical reserve and a museum town. The climate in the town of Melnik is favorable for treatment of pulmonary, renal and rheumatic diseases. It is a host of international folklore festivals. History: The town is founded in the antiquity. The most dramatic history of the town was in the Middle ages. Then the town of Melnik was consequently under the rule of Bulgarians, Byzantines and Serbians, until in 1935 was conquered by the Ottoman invaders. The town was a capital of the self-declared sovereign ruler, despot Aleksi Slav, with whose donations the Rozhenski Monastery was built. Sights: The city, itself, is a sight with its huddled next to each other ancient white houses, situated among unique sand formations, known as Melnishki pyramids. The most famous is Kordopulovata house, the biggest one from the Renaisance period in the Balkans. Inside it there is an exhibition of the Melnishki cellars, dug out in a shape of a tunnel in the rock, with enormous barrels for storing the Melnishko wine on display. The visitors are welcome to try it there. The town historical museum is housed in the Pashova house. In the town of Melnik the oldest preserved house in Bulgaria – the Bolyarska is situated. Only 6 kilometers away the Rozhenski monastery is located, the road to it passes through the Melnishki pyramids and it is incredibly beautiful.

 

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