The Bansko Attractions!

Places of Interest

Holy Trinity Church

The Church dedicated to the Holy Trinity was built in the period of the Bulgarian National Revival. Its inauguration was made in 1835. It is located in the centre of Bansko and it is claimed to be the largest one in Pirin Area because of its enormous size.
Pirin region’s largest and most interesting churches, the location of Bansko’s proclamation of independence in 1912. Apart from the rich history and cultural significance that surrounds its grounds, the church’s architectural beauty and decoration make it one of Bansko’s main attractions.

Lake Okoto

The Lake “Okoto” (The Eye) is one of the most impressive lakes in the Pirin Area. Lake “Okoto” provides ideal conditions for a summer picnic or a BBQ close to Premier providing an overwhelming experience.

Nikola Vaptsarov Statue

Born in Bansko in December of 1909 to a rather militant father and protestant mother its rather unusual that he went on to become one of Bulgaria’s finest poets.
In 1952 he was posthumously awarded the International Peace Award. Subsequently in 1954 his works were translated into English with a forward from the well know British poet Peter Tempest. Since then his poetry has been further translated into over 98 languages throughout the world.

Saint Paisius of Hilendar

Saint Paisius of Hilendar (1722-1773) was a Bulgarian clergyman and a key Bulgarian National Revival figure. He is most famous for being the author of Istoriya Slavyanobolgarskaya, the first work of Bulgarian historiography.
The monument is located on the Vazrazhdane square in Bansko and it was created in 1976 by the sculptor Stoycho Todorov.

Rila Monastery

Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, also known as the Rila Monastery, is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. It is situated in the southwestern Rila Mountains in the georgeous valley of the Rilska River, 117 km away from Sofia. The monastery is named after its founder, the hermit Ivan of Rila (876 – 946 AD).

Nikola Vaptsarov Community Center

Nikola Vaptsarov Community Center in the town of Bansko is the biggest cultural institution on the territory of Bansko Municipality. Established in 1894 and named ‘Selska Pochivka’ (Villagers’ Rest), nowadays the Community Center is a keeper of the book heritage, the traditions and customs of the locals. The Center library has around 50 000 books.