One of the best museum networks
There are over 130 architectural and historical monuments of culture in Bansko, 7 of which are of a national value. Over 100 archaeological sites are registered. The city has one of the best and perfectly functioning museum networks in this country.
The first museum in the Pirin region – the House-Museum of Nikola Vaptsarov – was opened in 1952, and is still the most visited object of the Museum Complex (20 000 visitors in 2001). It has been visited by over 3,5 million tourists, inhabitants and visitors of Bansko.
Velyanovata Kashta (the Velyanovs’ House) was opened in 1977. It has been proclaimed a cultural monument of national importance and is a typical representative of the architecture of Bansko of the National Revival period. It attracts numerous visitors with its original murals and fretwork. It has over 5 000 visitors per year.
Beninata Kashta (another old house) houses the museum of Neophyte Rilski – the founder of Bulgarian secular education and the author of the first Bulgarian encyclopaedia in 1981. The house has been proclaimed a national cultural monument. It has over 10 000 visitors per year.
The old Hilendar (Rila) Cloister has housed since 1986 a permanent exhibition of icons of the Bansko Artistic School, one of the brightest manifestations of Bulgarian culture in c. 18-19. It has over 5 000 visitors per year.
Radonovata Kashta (the Radonovs’ House) at first functioned as the Heroic Bansko museum collection. The first stage of the Town Historic Museum was opened in 1988. A new plan for renovation and addition to the exposition is being prepared, which is to accent on the struggles for national liberation from the Ottoman rule in the region, on the economic and spiritual upsurge of Bansko in the National Revival period, on archaelogy, ethnography and the crafts.
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