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Pazardzhik is on 205 m height, 115 km. from Sofia and 35 km. from Plovdiv. It was established in 1485. The city was important economical and administrative center on the road from Istanbul to Central Europe. During XIX c. it was as big as Sofia and Plovdiv. During that time a lot of churches and schools were built. The first Vasil Levksi’s revolutionary committee was established in Pazardzhik. In 1878 Russian General Gurko liberated the city from the Turks.

Historical Museum was founded in 1911. The Ethnographic Museum is the largest residential building in the Renaissance, a cultural monument. Cathedral Church is the largest renaissance church in Bulgaria, built in 1836/1837 with a magnificent iconostasis, the work of master-carvers of Debar. The synagogue is in 1850 with beautifully painted interior walls.

The house-museum Stanislav Dospevski was built in 1864 as a typical Istanbul house. It has two floors with bay windows and has 6 rooms with lounge, a rich interior and exterior murals. In the museum are objects and items of the artist and his family, as the most valuable are family portraits and masterpiece "Domnika" - The Bulgarian Mona Lisa.

Place, where he was killed the great Bulgarian writer satirist and traveler Aleko Konstantinov, is 14 km. from the city in a beautiful park. Besapara ridges are 10 km. the city, here was located the great Thracian town Besapara.

Varvara (2800 inhabitants) is a picturesque village 20 km. of Pazardzhik. The village is divided into two parts - Varvara station in the valley of the Chepinska River, and Old Varvara, situated on the northern slope of the hill Alabak. Varvara is a station of the picturesque narrow gauge railway line from Septemvri to the mountain resorts Velingrad, Bansko and Dobrinishte.

The climate of Varvara combine features of mountain and plain, the winter is mild and the summers cool. The presence of hot mineral springs gives unique exoticism of the area. The mineral springs (15 in number) are in the gorge of the river Chepinska. Here is the second source of heat in Bulgaria - 92oC, with sulfur. The remaining 14 springs with various chemical composition, treating diseases of the locomotor system.

The Batkun Monastery of St. Peter and Paul in the northern slopes of Karkaria ridge of the Rhodopa mountain, 12 km southwest of the Pazardzhik. The monastery was declared a cultural monument, in the vicinity are the ruins of the ancient city Batkunion. Supposedly it is founded in the XII-XIV century, in the XVII century during the forcible conversion to Islam of the Rhodope population is destroyed. It was restored in 1692, in 1774 again was destroyed completely.

At the end of XIX century the cloister was restored, built a new church with a beautiful bell tower. In 1867 in the monastery lived famous Bulgarian Renaissance artist Stanislav Dospevski and painted 4 icons and 2 portraits. In 1872 the monastery was visited by Vasil Levski. In the yard grows a trellis vine oldest in Bulgaria.






 
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