Pirin Mountains attractions

Church in Bansko

Sveta Troitsa Church

Surrounded by 1m thick stone walls, this 19th-century church has the air of a fortress. By contrast, the interior is a multicolour marvel with flower-spangled ceilings and columns painted rich shades of green and cr…
Museum in Bansko

Velyan’s House

This richly painted 18th-century mansion stands out among Bulgaria's countless heritage properties. Admire elaborate frescoes within the house-museum and around the courtyard, and peer at intricate wood carvings of …
Monastery in Pirin Mountains

Rozhen Monastery

Standing serenely in the hills 7km north of Melnik, this working monastery has admirable 16th-century frescoes and a holy icon of the Virgin Mary. Its most significant building, the Nativity of the Virgin Church (16…
Museum in Melnik

Kordopulov House

Bulgaria's largest Revival-era building, this whitewashed and wooden mansion beams down from a cliff face at the eastern end of Melnik's main road. Dating to 1754, the four-storey mansion was formerly the home of a …
Museum in Bansko

House Museum of Nikola Vaptsarov

This house-museum was the birthplace of Nikola Vaptsarov (1909–42), a respected antifascist poet and activist. Influenced by communist ideology while a student, his populist writings caused his arrest and torture by…
Church in Blagoevgrad

Church of Vavedenie Presvetiya Bogoroditsi

In a small, serene garden, this church (1844) has a richly frescoed portico and a unique black-and-white chequered facade. Look for the extraordinary painting of the circle of life, including continents and astrolog…
Museum in Bansko

House Museum of Neofit Rilski

Occupying a Revival-era stone and wood building, this house-museum exhibits manuscripts by, and photos of, Rilski (1793–1881), the father of Bulgarian secular education, who created an early Bulgarian grammar textbo…
Museum in Melnik

Museum of Wine

Learn the history and tools of Melnik's winemaking trade; ogle 400-plus bottles of wine; and work your way through a tasting menu at this fun museum attached to the Hotel Bulgari. Tour groups occasionally dominate t…
Museum in Bansko

Museum of Otets Paisii Hilendarski

Commemorating the eponymous local monk, author and instigator of Bulgarian nationalism, this museum contains a chapel with a replica of the room at the Serbian Hilandarski Monastery on Greece’s Mt Athos, where Pais…
Museum in Bansko

Historical & Ethnographical Museum

This museum in a 19th-century mansion contains finds dating back to 6000 BC, plus antique, medieval and 19th-century National Revival–period items.