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Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on May 17, 2008


It is in the south-western part of the Pirin Mountains that you will find the Melnik pyramids-sheer, strangely shaped sand and limestone rocks. Melnik, one of Bulgaria's smallest towns, is located right amidst this fantastic scenery.

A border settlement during the Early Middle Ages, the town found itself on the different sides of the Bulgarian-Byzantine border at different times.

Between 1205 and 1229 the feudal lord Alexi Slav - the ruler of Southwest Bulgaria, made Melnik its capital, but by the mid-13th century the town was subjected to Byzantine rule. Even today the ruins of the 13th century Boyar's House form part and parcel of Melnik's silhouette.

Once there you should not miss The Kordopoulov House, built in 1754, The Pashovata House, built in 1815, The St. Nikolai church and of course inaccessible fortress of The Sandstone Pyramids.

Margrit M. Berger (S… on May 24, 2008

Great scenery, beautiful view and lovely colours, Mimipet! Fantastic photo! Thank you for showing it to us and for the interesting information! Y*!

Greetings, May

Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on May 24, 2008

Thank you Swissmay! Also you have nice pictures! You can continue to show us your country so I can like some place to visit in Switzerland. I too have lots of photos from Bulgaria to show here in Panoramio and so once in a time I will put some new photos and information about the places. Greetings, Mimi

F.Höchst on June 24, 2009

Mimi, I´m very glad, you answered my so I can take a look to your gallery and see your wonderful photos. Next time i´ll take a view of all your pictures, step by step.

Best regards - Ferdinand -

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