History and Sites
History and Sites
History and Sites

History and Sites

Bansko is a magical symbiosis of history, traditions, and culture. It was proclaimed as а cultural center of international importance in 1979. The number of tourist attractions exceeds 140. In the vicinity of Bansko tourists could enjoy a tour among ancient fortresses and Thracian burial mounds. The town is a birthplace of many famous Bulgarian writers, poets, and revolutionaries like Nikola Vaptsarov, Paisius of Hilendar, Neophyte Rilsky, Nikola Furnadzhiev, and others.


The cobblestone streets and ancient houses attract tourists during the entire year. While enjoying your meal of traditional Bulgarian cuisine, you will have the chance to witness unique folklore dances.


You could visit:


  • The Bansko Historical Museum: the historical museum is part of Bansko Museum Center. It includes some of the most significant cultural and historical landmarks of the town.

  • The Velyanov’s House: it is a renowned example of old Bulgarian architecture that dates back to the XIX century. The house is unique for its mural paintings and wood carved ceilings made by Velyan Ognev who received it as a gift from the local community.

  • The Benina House (Neophyte Rilsky Museum): it is a typical example of the old architecture in Bansko from the XVIII century. Neophyte Rilsky used to live in this house until 1811.

  • The Permanent Icon Exhibition: it is exhibited in the oldest building in Bansko, the Rilla Cloister from 1749.

  • The Nikola Vaptsarov’s Museum: the poet Nikola Vaptsarov spent his childhood in this house.

  • Saint Trinity Church: it is a distictive example of architecture that combines a bell-tower and a city clock. Distinguished local painters like Velyan Ognev and Dimitur Molerov have worked there.

  • Saint Mary’s Church: the church is from the XIV century but has been renovated in the XVIII century. It is famous for its one-of-a-kind iconostasis.

  • The Todev’s House: it was designed by the sculptor Stoycho Todorov.

  • The Paisius of Hilendar Monument: it was carved by the sculptor Iliya Iliev in 1976.