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Sightseeing in Blagoevgrad

SIGHTSEEING IN BLAGOEVGRAD

The House- Museum of Georgi Izmirliev - "Makedoncheto", the art galleries, the Church of the Holy Virgin, and monuments of important historical figures are amongst the major sights in the town of Blagoevgrad.

Blagoevgrad is famous for its beautiful center. Bachinovo Park is located at only 3.5 km away from Blagoevgrad, in the valley of Bistritsa River. Bodrost ski resort  is  only 30 km away from Blagoevgrad, in the northwestern part of Rila mountain. The Stob pyramids and Parangalitsa reserve are also not far away from Blagoevgrad. 

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The old neighbourhood of Blagoevgrad - Varosha

THE OLD NEIGHBOURHOOD OF BLAGOEVGRAD - VAROSHA

Only a bridge separates Varosha from the center of Blagoevgrad. Narrow cobble stone streets, unique architecture, diverse arts and crafts, and historical monuments welcome residents and guests to the old district of Blagoevgrad.

During the XVII and XVIII centuries Varosha was a Tukish neighbourhood. Later it became the only neighbourhood with a Christian pupulation, which consisted of about 150-200 families. During the Reinessance Varosha became a home for the best teachers and artists  from the region.

For residents of Blagoevgrad, Varosha is a symbol of history, tradition. For visitors it is a quiet place for a walk or relaxation.

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Rila Monastery

RILA MONASTERY

The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, better known as the Rila Monastery is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. It is situated in the southwestern Rila mountains, 117 km  south of the capital Sofia in the deep valley of the Rilska River at an elevation of 1,147 m above sea level. The monastery is named after its founder, the hermit Ivan of Rila (876-946 AD).

Founded in the 10th century, the Rila Monastery is regarded as one of Bulgaria's most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments and is a key tourist attraction for both Bulgaria and Southeastern Europe.

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The Stob Pyramids

THE STOB PYRAMIDS

The Stob Pyramids are located near the village of  Stob,  in the western approaches of the Rila Mountain, next to the Rila Monastery. These are stone andearth formations, 30-40 m deep. The sediments are colored rusty-brown,  reddish and dark yellow and, because of their location, the pyramids are especially beautiful at sunset or at moonlight. Many of the formations are crowned with rock hats large stone blocks sizing 120 by 80 cm.

Under the influence of wind, rain and snow, the form of the pyramids changes, some of them vanish, the stone hats fall and new pyramids are born. The pyramids are separated in two distinct groups, called by the people with many different names Kulite (The Towers), Chukite ( The Rocky Peaks), Samodivskite komini ( The Samodivas Chimneys) -the samodivas are mythical female creatures living in the forests, Neviastata (The bridge), etc.

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Ski- center Bodrost

SKI- CENTER BODROST

Bodrost ski centre is situated in Kartala site, just 30 km away from Blagoevgrad city in Bulgaria. Bodrost is a small ski centre in the southwestern part of the Rila Mountain, at approximately 1300 m height.
It is a starting point to numerous hiking routes in Rila Mountain, also offers perfect conditions for skiing for beginners.

The ski zone Kartala welcomes all keen skiers on a perfectly maintained, snowy ski runs from December to April.
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Parangalitsa Reserve

PARANGALITSA RESERVE

Parangalitsa Reserve is part of Rila National Park. It is situated in the southwestern part of Rila Mountain, at only 30 km away from Blagoevgrad. The reserv is with a total area of 1 509 hectares. In 1977 it was included in the "Man and biosphere"  UNESCO Program. The reserve was created to preserve the centuries-old natural spruce forests and the only herd of red deer in Bulgaria.
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