Rupite is a famous locality near the village of Rupite, 12 km far from Melnik, only km far from the main road – Sofia – Kulata. There, in the last years of her life has lived the famous diviner Vanga. In 1994, funded by Vanga, herself was built the temple "St. Petka Bulgarian"near the house where she lived. (about Vanga - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baba_Vanga)
Rupite is also famous for its rare plant and animal species, some of which are listed in the Red Book of Bulgaria. Here there are healing mineral springs and pools.
Vanga said that this piece of land is filled with energy and now many people go there just to recharge themselves.
- Road Trip
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- Hiking and Walking
Tourist route Melnik - Rozhensky Monastery
It takes about 1.5 hours pleasant walk from the town to the monastery. You’ll enjoy pretty nice nature phenomenon like the Melnik Pyramids, a Stone Mushroom. The route also passes through an oak forest. If you have time you definitely should make it.
- Hiking and Walking
- Road Trip
Rozhen Monastery is the largest orthodox cloister in the region of Pirin Mountain. It is located only 7km north east of the town.
It’s supposed that the Monastery was built in 9-th century but there are some other theories that believe it dates from 13-th century. In the 17-th century a fire burnt the archive but it was reconstructed again in the 18-th century .
In the yard is located the monastery church and it’s surrounded by grape wines.
Just before you climb the monastery there is a huge lawn where some festivals take place and the tomb of Yane Sandanski (a national hero) is situated.
- Religious Travel
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
Kordapulov House is a house museum since built in 18-th century. It used to belong to a rich Greek family Kardopulos, it was later inherited by his Bulgarian son-in-low.
Besides the typical rooms from the Revival period you climb upstairs and go out on a roof terrace that has been used as a summer garden.
In the basement is the winery where you can see where the wine mature. There is a tunnel – 150m, that storage about 300t.of wine, the biggest barrel can collect 12.5 tons. You can also taste one of the best wines in the region.
- Wine Tasting
- Museum Visits
Memorial Temple of St. Petka
Despite the fact that the temple was not built according to the rules of the Orthodox church, it is an important place because of its location, architecture, and its unusual artistic decorations, and the fact that the canons of icon-painting have not been followed completely. The Memorial Temple “St. Petka of Bulgaria” is situated in the village of Rupite, 10 km far from Petrich and is visited because of its relation with Grandmother Vanga, who was a blind prophet.
The Rozhen Monastery
Rozhen Monastery is situated 5 km east from Melnik. It is a very impressive Orthodox monastery in the Pirin region, that is comparatively well preserved to the present day. To my opinion the best time to visit the monastery is on 8 September, when Orthodox Church celebrates the birth of Virgin Mary.
Wine tasting at Wine Museum of Melnik
Entry to the Wine Museum costs only 5 lv. for adults and 3 lv. for students or pensioners. The famous wine of Melnik, also "rakya", is served here. Taste as much as you want but don't miss to visit the Wine Treasury inside the museum!
The mansion was built in the middle of the 18th century and it was owned by the rich Greek family Kordopoulos, who involved in wine producing. Like other tradesmen of the district, Kordopoulos exported wine to Vienna, Venice and Budapest. The cellars, excavated under and behind the house, with their constant temperature and ventilation, were used for preparing and growing the wine.
Strolling at Melnik
Wikitravel says: "Probably the smallest town in Bulgaria. You can cross it in 15 minutes". This is not true because one can discover paths or stairs that lead to well hidden buildings, churches and chapels.
The museum was located in Pashovata Kashta but now it has moved to new premises which are not exactly suitable for a museum.
You will see pieces of ceramics found on the territory of the contemporary town as well as in the plateau of St. Nicholas Hill (Slav Fortress) as well as some typical Bulgarian carpets and cloths. Not really much to see, t be honest.
But if you are interested in the historical bit of Melnik, the museum is a good starting point. The lady who works there could provide you with a lot of info about Melnik and its history.
Also, you can buy from there a brochure with a short history of Melnik and a map with all historical sights marked on it. As far as I remember he price was BGN 2 (EUR ). I bought it. If I find it I will scan it and upload it here :)
Officially: 9.00 - 19.00 h.
In fact: 9.00 - 18.00 h.
Depends on if you talk to the lady who works in the museum.
If you do it could take quite some time. It took me a bot over half an hour.
If not, it wouldn't take more than 5-10 min.
Free of charge.
- Museum Visits
Melnik at night
When it gets dark, Melnik houses are beautifully shining with lights. Its cozy to sit at the terraces or gardens of the mehana while enjoying a dinner and after that having some wines at the pavement terraces along the Melniska dol.
These bizar looking rocket formation are formed from the process of erosion. There are trails going into these rocky hills and you can hike in the area of some 17 square kilometers where you can see the strangest looking shapes in the rocks.
some must-see ruins in Melnik: 1. Bolyaskata kashta. This house was build in the tenth century and is the oldest residential house of bulgaria The house is a ruin, only some walls are standing and nothing is explained. 2. Sveti Antoni Church. Located on the hill in the middle of the town, this church remains as a ruin and is closed. It was build in the 19 th century. Nothing is signposted. But from the hill you have a great view over the town. 3.Sveti Nikolai Church and Slavova Krepost fortress. A path at bthe opposite of the hotel Rodina leads to the ruins of a church, which was build in 1756. A bit fuhrter you find a fortress build by Despot Slav. Passing by the ruins you find also some left overs of the Sveta Zona Chapel. 4.Turkish bathsBefore the Ogi tavern you find the ruins of a Turkish bath. Not very spectacular.
5.Sveti Petar and Pavel church and Sveta Barbara Church. The Sveti Petar and Pavel Church is located near the parking of the Melnik Hotel and dates from 1840, the Sveta Barbara church dates from the 15 th century and is located near the Kordopulov house
This museum exposes costumes and ceramics and photo’s of the town in the beginning of the twentieth century. It is located nexto hotel Despot Slav. Amission is 1 lv and its open from 9 am till 12 am and 2 pm to 6 pm.
This place is famous because it was here where Yane Sandanski proclaimed the liberation from the Turks in 1912. The house is a museum for the history of the village. The collection however is not so extended. Admission is 2 lv and its open from 9 am -12am and 1 pm-4 pm. You find the house at the left side at the first bridge over the Melnishka dol.
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