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Landmarks in Bansko

First of all this is the Sveta Troitsa (St. Trinity) Church (the biggest and the richest in the region of Pirin), its construction was completed in 1835. The church strikes the viewer with beautiful frescoes and woodcarvings made by Master Ousta Velyan Ognev. The most outstanding representative of the Bansko School of Art - Dimitar Molerov, painted the icons. The size of the temple is impressive - too big for that time. A thirty-metre high stone tower rises up in the yard of the church (built by Master Grigor Doyuv in 1850) with a belfry and a clock made by Todor Hadzhiradonov and installed in 1869. It is located in the centre of the town behind a high stone fence. The Holy Virgin Church built in 14th century and restored at the end of 18th century and the beginning of 19th century has a wonderful woodcarved iconostasis. The native house of Neofit Rilski - preserved in its initial outer appearance and known as the Beninas House. It is located by the neighbouring St. Trinity Church at 17, Pirin Str. (tel.: 07443 4005). The native house of the poet Nikola Vaptsarov in the centre of the town, on the square of the same name. The Velyanovs House - a monument dating back to the Revival; one of the most beautiful houses having a rich fresco decoration and fine woodcarvings (2, Velyan Ognev Str., tel.: 07443 4181). The Sirleshtovs House is a small fortress. The special role of this house in Bansko is evidenced by the one-metre thick stone walls, the narrow and dark loop-holes, the iron bars on the windows and the heavy doors. The Todevs (Buinovs) House is an illustration of construction mastership and the delicate sense of beauty in everyday life. It was built in 1835. Bansko House of Culture and Art Gallery (tel.: 07443 2292, 5504, 5096). A monument of Father Paisii Hilendarski in the centre of the town at the place of his native house.

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