There are several legends about who founded Bansko. According to one of them, Bansko was founded by people who lived in Dobarsko, a village in Rila, itself according to a legend founded by the blinded army of Tsar Samuil. Another legend claims that Bansko was founded by an Italian painter by the name of Ciociolino, hence the existence of the name Chucholin in Bansko.
Still according to another version it was a Slavic tribe called the Peruns, who lived in Pirin and worshiped Perun, that founded the village later to become a town. There are a number of ethnographic texts, legends, prayers and oratories, which lend credence to this legend.[specify]
The archeological traces of the inhabitants of Bansko and the Razlog Valley in general date to the early periods of the Roman Empire. There are several housing structures at the outskirts of the town, which date to 100 BC. However, there is no consensus nor credible theory on who these people were.
The Bulgarian Evangelical Church Community, the first Protestant church in Bulgaria, was founded in Bansko on 6 August 1868.
Until 5 October 1912, BaniÁka (Bansko's former name) was a part of the Ottoman Empire, but enjoyed a quasi self-rule autonomy granted by the sultan. The town was ruled by an assembly of the elders, while justice was administered by the Ottoman judge in Razlog. It was incorporated in Bulgaria in 1912 as a result of the First Balkan War.
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batalay (33377) 2010-12-28 8:02
I like the textures and general composition in this photo, and best of all, the highly informative note that you've provided. They collaborate to make a good contribution to Trekearth. I wish you a (belated) Merry Christmas and a New Year marked by health and happiness.
peppe59 (14551) 2010-12-28 10:46
on this very interesting, excellent choice of black and white.
congratulations and best wishes for the new year.
SWEETFREEDOM (19902) 2011-03-17 1:47
i like this close view and b/w choice, it highlights the shapes of the statue.
BennyV (13058) 2012-02-08 9:39
This bl/w picture really stands out in your gallery and I must say I like it. Good pov, heavy light resulting in a white-out sky and good focus on the main character up front, leaving the ones in the background somewhat blurred and out of focus. The result is quite an intriguing picture. Thanks for sharing it.
jmdias (48315) 2012-05-27 13:50
a beautiful view of this monument. I liked your option for black and white. good details of these sculptures. a nice job under bad conditions.
- Copyright: maria varipati (maria-v1981) (10416)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2010-12-26
- Categories: Architecture
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): BULGARIA NEIGHBOUR [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-12-28 6:50