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The town of Melnik and the Rozhen Monastery

The town of Melnik and the Rozhen Monastery is part of the Tentative list of Bulgaria in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

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Community Reviews

Jarek Pokrzywnicki Poland 28-Feb-13

I was visiting the place in August 2011. Melnik is considered to be the smallest town in whole Bulgaria and it may be true. It is very small, according to different sources population is less than 300 people. It is beautifully situated in the valley surrounded by what is called Melnik pyramids (rocks in the shape of pyramid) nice town, entirely devoted to tourism (hotels, inns, restaurants and museums). Houses are typical for the region (similar can be found in Ochrid, Berat, Gjirokaster or Safranbolu) but unlike the other regional UNESCO cities there are no mosques in Melnik (just churches and remnants of the castle).

Rozhen Monastery is located some 10 km from Melnik. It si typical medieval quite similar to those of Macedonia, Greece, Serbia and Bulgaria. Nicely preserved and perfectly maintained (monastery is still in use).

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