08. 06. 2013.

Melnik, Bulgaria

Melnik is a town in Blagoevgrad Province, southwestern Bulgaria, in the southwestern Pirin Mountains, about 440 m above sea level. The town is an architectural reserve and 96 of its buildings are cultural monuments. With a population of 385, it is the smallest town in Bulgaria, retaining its city status today for historical reasons.
The town is part of a tentative Unesco site 'The town of Melnik and the Rozhen Monastery'. I've received this lovely view many years ago via fb, thank you Anastassia :) I wouldn't want to visit just for its beauty - apparently they are known for producing a strong type of wine since at least 1346. The local wine from the varietal Broad Leave Melnik Vine was reportedly a Winston Churchil's favourite :)

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