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Neophyte Rilski House – Museum

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The house is an architectural and constructional and historical cultural monument of national significance. This is the birthplace of Neophyte Rilski /Beninata/. He lived there until 1811. It is a typical example of Ban architecture from the late 17th and early 19th centuries. The patriarch of New Bulgarian education and enlightenment Neofit Rilski /born 1793/ studied icon painting under Toma Vishanov – Molera – founder of the Ban Art School.

He painted in the Rila Monastery, where he later became a monk. His whole life was devoted to science and enlightenment. He is the author of the first Bulgarian grammar /1835/. Since 1981, the house functions as a museum. It consists of two parts – the authentically preserved house of the notable revivalist with an ethnographic exhibition and a documentary exhibition, exhibiting the most valuable of Neophyte Rilski’s rich heritage – mainly letters, photographs and literary material. Over 400 documentary and physical materials are stored in the fund.

Work time:
Monday – Sunday:
from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Day off – Tuesday.

Entrance fees:
Adults: BGN 3.00
Students: BGN 1.00

in Bulgarian – BGN 5.00
in English – BGN 10.00

Address: city of Bansko, 2 Usta Gligora Street, 2770 Old Town Square, Bansko
Tel: +359 749 88272

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