Melnik Things to Do

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  • Kordopulov house

    by ger4444 Written Jun 2, 2008

    This house belonged to the towns most succesfull wine merchants. The house is build in 1754 and is the countries largest national revival building. The house has a 180 metres labyrinth caves in the winecellar and the sitting rooms are cozy with tables and old glass windows. Admission is 2 lv, but I wanst asked to pay admission as I was there. Its open from 8 am till 8 pm and you may be asked to pay extra if you want to take photo’s inside. The house is located at the end of the street, south of the creek

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    the paradise!!!

    by tripodologia Written Aug 8, 2007

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    The best that you can do in Melnik is EAT and DRINK in the MEXHANAS, is almost the paradise!!! The traditional food is wonderful, for example the "kaverma" is a complete food in one plate and for drink the "rakia" is something as the Bulgarien tequila.

    If you need more action or movement... you can walk on the mountains near town or travel to the Rusian Monastery near Melnik (is beautiful place) or you can visit the house of BABA BANGA (sorry if I write bad the name) she was a famous lady who could see the future.

    I prefer the life inside the Mekhanas!!!

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    The Kordopoulov House- the wine cellar

    by zlatiq Updated Jul 21, 2006

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    The maze wine cellar in Kordopoulov House

    The house has a pretty big wine cellar in the basement in the form of a maze. It's equipped with special canals and ventilation.

    My advice is to first explore the maze and then drink! It might take time to get out of there if you're dizzy from the wine!

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    The Kordopoulov House 1

    by zlatiq Updated Jul 21, 2006

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    One of the rooms in Kordopoulov House

    It belonged to a very rich wine merchant who built it in 1754. it's a real masterpiece for our Bularian Revival period (at that time we're part of the Ottoman empire and there wasn't much going on in terms of architecture).
    And Mr. Manolis Kordopoulis as rich guy was able to afford this remarkable for it's time (and even now) 4 stories huge house.

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    The Kordopoulov House 2

    by zlatiq Updated Jul 21, 2006

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    Kordopoulov House

    And also he didn't spare money for decorative murals and stained Venetian glass, and carved ceilings and all the Baroque decoration. Uau...at least for us was very impressive, knowing how the regular poor houses from this period looked like.

    There's even a summer garden on the roof!

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    'Boljarska Kyshta'

    by Childish Written Jun 14, 2006

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    Bulgaria, Melnik, Remains of House of Alexsij-Slav

    Remains of a house of the local ruler - despot Alexsi Slav - a nephew of the Bulgarian kings Asen and Petar, who proclaimed independancy from the Second Bulgarian State in the 13 century. The autocrate ruler of villages in Rhodope and Pirin mountains first declare Cepina and later Melnik as his captital.

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    Visit near-by towns of Sandanski, Petrich

    by ChristinaNest Updated May 19, 2006

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    Beautiful Pirin Mountain

    You might combine your visit to Sandanski with trips to Sandanski, Petrich or other places. Or you might plan a longer trip, say Sofia-Blagoevgrad-Rila Monastery-Stob-Sandanski-Petrich-Melnik,Rozhen...
    Another great route I would suggest if you have a car and extra time:
    Sofia -Blagoevgrad - Rila Monastery - Stob pyramids - Razlog- Bansko- Gotse Delchev - Melnik - RozhenPetrich- Sandanski- Sofia. This route could take 2-3-4 days but is absolutely great. I especially like the views of Pirin Montain around Bansko and Razlog, and on the road from Gotse Delchev to Sandanski/Petrich. The latter is very narrow, steep and in very bad condition, I would say even very dangerous, but the views are just breath-taking!! Another danger could be that you like the area so much that you decide to spend a whole month there, or maybe more.... so be warned.

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    Take the road

    by ChristinaNest Updated May 19, 2006

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    pyramids you see from the road
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    On the way to Rozhen ( or on the way back) you can take the road. You can see some more pyramids, there's a small river running along the road, and a lot of wild blackberries so you can have a great snack in August. You pass by a small village where you can refill your water-bottle. After that you reach the small village of Rozhen. There is a restaurant or two, and hotels too. From there there is a path up the hills leading to the monastery.
    A stray dog accompanied us once all the way from Melnik to Rozhen.
    There is also a bus but it travels once or twice a day, and besides a walk is much more pleasant.

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    Sunsets & more

    by ChristinaNest Written May 2, 2006

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    Climb the northern hills to experience a great panorama of Melnik and the pyramids, and wait for the sunset, you won’t regret!! See the photos! We climbed the top of a hill and sat right on the edge admiring the houses and pyramids. And then the sun started going down, and the show began!
    There isn’t a real trail to that hill. You just have to take to the left side of the village and try to find steeper trails going up. We took a path close to the ruins, in between houses, and then straight up the hill. The hill was very steep and we had to grab bushes and grass , but the effort was worth it!!

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    Visit Kordoupolov House

    by ChristinaNest Written May 2, 2006

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    Visit Kordopoulov House (Kordopoulovata Kashta) is supposedly the biggest house in Bulgaria. It has four stories, including a cellar and a big terrace with a great view. It was built in 1754 by a wealthy wine merchant. Nowadays it’s a private museum that you can visit for a small fee. Upstairs you can see a beautiful sitting-room with stained galas w3indows, a beautiful carved-wood ceiling and colourful divans. You can visit the cellar too, part of it was dug in the hill connecting it to natural caves. It’s like a labyrinth, don’t miss it! It can store 250 to 300 tons of wine! There you can see the oldest wine cask in Bulgaria, made in 1880. And of course you can taste and buy the house wine!

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    Enjoy Melnik's historic architecture.

    by ChristinaNest Updated May 2, 2006

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    View from the northern hills
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    The style is called Bulgarian Revival. There are some houses that are museums and you can see how people used to live in the old days. There also some ruins and a small but interesting museum. Since almost every house is a hotel, a tavern or both, you will get to see how it looks like inside. Some houses are in bad need of repair, and still they preserve their charm. Just walk down the cobbled streets and admire the beautiful village and the pyramids surrounding it!

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    Visit Rozhen Monastery

    by ChristinaNest Updated May 2, 2006

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    A beautiful spiritual place. It's smaller than the Rila Monastery, but shouldn't be missed. You can see some of the monks' rooms, incl. the old dining room with a really long and ancient dining table. The church is really beautiful. The location offers some views of the Melnik Pyramids 9 see pic 3). In front of the Monastery there's a small animal "farm' : several animals and a nice garden. A few 100m down the road there's a church too.
    There is no entrance fee, there is a box for donations, though, so please, help preserve this historic place.

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    Views around Rozhen Monastery

    by ChristinaNest Updated May 2, 2006

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    The monastery itself is also surrounded by pyramids. Right in front of it there is a great panorama of 'sand castles' followed by dark green hills and far away peaks of Pirin Mountain.
    When you go inside the monastery, go to the dining room (second floor on the left side). There is a tiny window there that offers a glimpse toward another small group of pyramids, that you can't see from outside.

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    The Rozhen Monastery

    by wroclawiak Updated Apr 19, 2006

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    O.K. The Rila Monastery is the most beautiful and biggest monastery in Bulgaria. But visit this smaller monastery in the Pirin area, 6 km from Melnik. There are not so many tourists and you can find here tranquility and peace. I spent a couple of hours here and enjoyed the atmosphere of this wonderful place.

    You can take a bus to Roshen and then walk about 10-15 minutes to the monastery or you can walk from Melnik. The path is easy to find in Menik but it is very steep. It is easier to cover the route from Rozhen to Melnik because you will walk down.

    The Rozhen Monastery is the only monastery restored during the first centuries of Ottoman rule which has survived to this day. The present-day appearance of this old monastery (built by the Melnik ruler, despot Slav, during the 12th or 13th century) dates back to the 16th century.

    You will find here beautiful frescoes. The monastery is a perfect place to meditate and think a little bit about the life. Don't miss it.

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    A little bit of Kapadokia in Melnik

    by wroclawiak Written Apr 17, 2006

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    rock formations near Melnik
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    The rock formations are unique. They remembered me my stay in Kapadokia. There are two ways how to get there. You can walk from Melnik to the Roshen Monastery or you can take the bus to Roshen and from there walk to Melnik back. It's easier because you will walk down. The Roshen Monastery is empty in the mornining hours but the best photos of the rocks you can make in the late afternoon or in the sunset. The way down is not so easy at some places but not dangerous.

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