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Elin Pelin

Post code: 2100
Intl dial code: +359 725

Numerous cultural monuments


The Elin Pelin municipality has excellent natural conditions for the development of holiday-making and tourism, but the material base is extremely insufficient. International hunting tourism is practiced in the Aramliets Hunting Preserve. There are excellent possibilities for the development of country tourism and the construction of holiday bases, which are regrettably still unused.

There has been a museum collection in the Elin Pelin Cultural Club in the town of Elin Pelin since 1987. A permanent ethnographical exhibition, where the visitors can acquaint themselves with the life and culture of the local population, was founded in 1997. The curator of the museum collection is engaged in the collecting, storing, exhibiting, scientific research, popularizing and making available of documental materials referring to the past of the population of the Elin Pelin municipality. The research is in all fields of historical knowledge and is performed with the collaboration of the Club of Specialists in Regional Studies in the Elin Pelin municipality and institutes with museums in Sofia.

The town of Elin Pelin is famous for its Shop Holiday, which shows the region's rich folk heritage. The town is the centre of the Shop ethnographical area.

There are numerous cultural monuments in the Elin Pelin municipality, which testify to the ancient origin of the municipal centre. Bulgarian specialists in archaeology, which have explored the region, confirmed with their research the existence of settlements, fortifications and a well-developed road network as early as the time of the Thracians. Numerous burial and settlement mounds add to the knowledge of that period. The Roman, and later the Byzantine Empire, and the First and the Second Bulgarian Kingdom, have also left their heritage. The best-preserved historical monuments are the churches and monasteries from the time of the Ottoman rule over the Bulgarian lands.

The Thracian mound necropolises in the region have been only partially researched and almost all archaeological findings are stored in the National historical Museum in Sofia. The uncovered materials from the large Roman road station Bugaraca of c. 3 by the village of Lesnovo are also in that museum. A road watchtower existed by a branch of the Roman Trajanus' Road near the town of Elin Pelin in c. 6-7. St. Nicolas the Wonder-Doer's Church in the village of Stolnik was built by the end of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom and proves the ancient origin of the settlement itself.

The Eleshnitsa Monastery, built in c. 15, is one of the numerous monasteries of the so-called Sofia's Little Athos. The Holy Godmother' Church belonging to the monastery possesses valuable murals from c. 16, 17 and 19. It has always been of great religious and educational importance to the Bulgarian population in the region.

There is a preserved wall of the Turkish caravanserai of c. 17 in the village of Novi Han, which was described by foreign travellers as "the most impressive inn from Belgrade to Istanbul". It occupied an area of about 20 decares, was fenced with solid walls and its yard could contain 1 000 horsemen together with their horses. St. Nicolas the Wonder-Doer's Church in the town of Elin Pelin, which was built in 1846, is a cultural monument because of its valuable murals.



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