Konak was called the administrative building used as a city hall during the times of the Ottoman rule.
On the picture you see the Melnik's Konak. I have no clue when was it built but as I said it was used as a city hall during the times of the Ottoman rule. Afterwards it was used as a dormitory to the nearby school. Then, for some time it was used as a school building for a while.
Nowadays, it just another abandoned building left on the mersy of the time and weather slowly strating to fall apart...
All you can do is to watch it from outside because there are hudge padlocks on the doors.
Rojenski Manastir (Rojen Monastery)
If you go to Melnik, don't miss visiting the Rojen Monastery.
It is not that far at all and if you are not to lazy to walk, it is the best way to go there because on the way you will be able to enjoy the spectacular view of the sand pyramids.
I think I would not be wrong if I call the monastery one of the bastions of the orthodoxal religion during the time of the Otoman rule. Rojen Monastery is a quite old one.
It is a medieval monastery with authentic
architecure. The icons inside of the church are amazingly beautiful and the view from there is great. What more should I say to convince you to go there :)))
- Religious Travel
The Turkish Bath
When I talked to the lady in the Historical museum and asked her about the Turkish bath she explained to me how to find it but she also told me that it is ruined and there is no point to go because there is not much to be seen since the plase is used by Boliarka hotel as a storehouse.
And indeed, when I went there I found that the place is somehow sad to look at because it is actually used as a storehouse. They also had pluged in the bath the pipes of the hotel's airconditiner which I really find revolting.
I went inside to take the pictures you will see here but I would not recommand you to do it. I almost broke my legs because the floor is covered with all sorts of crap.
The Turkish Bath
The Kordopoulov House 1
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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- Road Trip
Uzunovata Kushta (Uzunov's house)
Built in the last century, the house is a former Turkish prison. It has a patio and a large wooden terrace (chardak).
The house is a national monument of culture from the Bulgarian National Revival Period and a hotel at present. :)))
Kordopulov’s house (Kordopulovata Kashta)
Kordopulov's house was built in 1758. The curious fact about the house is that it is supposed to be the biggest residential building on the Balkan Peninsula from the Revival period.
I believe you will be impressed by the architecture. The pearl of the house is the reception room having twenty four windows with Venetian stained glass facing the four directions of the world. What you will also see there is fine wood carvings and drawn ornaments on cupboards and ceilings.
Another notable thing about the Kordopulov's house is the enormous wine – cellar.
At present the house is a private museum.
- Museum Visits
The Roman Bridge
When I was heading for Melnik I checked up the web for some info and I read about the bridge but there was no picture. So, basically when I saw it I thought: Is that all...
If you are expecting to see some kind of architectural wonder from the Roman period you will be severely disappointed :)
The bridge is no longer than 10-15 meters long and is not in its best shape.
It is nice to have a look at it, though.
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
Pashovata Kashta (Pashov's house)
Pashov's House was built in 1815 and has eight premises.
Until recently it was where the historical museum of the town of Melnik was located. Now the house is empty and is close to start falling apart.
When I asked one of the local people he told me that there is a problem with the ownership. The owners are many people and part of the house is still owned by the state. They can't agree what to do with the hose, so they left it just to stay like this without any maintenance.
Sad story and typical Bulgarian one :(
The Kordopoulov House 2
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!
- Museum Visits
The Kordopoulov House- the wine cellar
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!
- Wine Tasting
The Melnik Pyramids
The Melnik Pyramids are located in the surroundings of the town of Melnik. If you go there you just can't miss spotting them even of you are trying to do so.
The scenery ot the pyramids is worth seeing. The yellow-white sand rocks are shaped like pyramids as a result of erosion that lasted for centuries and is still works on shaping the rocks.
Actually, these sand formations gave the name of the town. Mel is a Slavonic word meaning white clay or chalk.
Yane Sandanski Monument
What you see on the picture is Yane Sandanski Monument. It is located near the city hall and the bus stop.
Yane Sandanski has its role in the history of the reagion. I will put a separate tip on him soon :)))
I have no idea when the monument was created nor who actualy was the sculpture.
- Historical Travel
Rozhen Monastery is the popular name but the orthodox name is "St Nativity of Virgin Mary".
The monastery is active and i did not see more than 5 other visitors. I felt uncomfortable disturbing the monks; they were singing and preying...it was like on a movie tape and we weren't there but we're watching. I loved it!
The Rozhen monastery is one of the very few monasteries of the Middle Ages in Bulgaria. According to some annals kept in Atone, Greece, the monastery dates back at least to 890 AC.
The monastery has residential buildings surrounding a beatiful yard with the church in the center.
We saw some farm buildings outside the monastery and beatiful gardens...and animals; there was even a peacock ?!?!I wish the monks were renting!
It's free to get inside the monastery and the church, but donations are appreciated.
The monastery is famous for its stained glass (the oldest of its type preserved till present days) and unique woodcarvings and wall paintings.
This is one of dining rooms. They don't use it anymore (i think) but the wooden table is huge and the woodecarvings are beatiful
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