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Melnik village view
Melnik (Bulgarian: Мелник, Greek: Μελένικο, Meleniko) is a town in Blagoevgrad Province, southwestern Bulgaria, in the southwestern Pirin Mountains, about 440 m above sea level.
The town is an architectural reserve and 96 of its buildings are cultural monuments. With a population of 385, it is the smallest town in Bulgaria, retaining its city status today for historical reasons.

At the end of the Second Balkan War in 1913, the Greeks left Melnik and moved to Greece by the express orders of the Greek government; the order being given when it was known that Melnik was to remain Bulgaria. According to Bulgarian claims submitted to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, some Bulgarian shops and houses were looted by retreating Greeks.The Greek population moved primarily to Sidirokastro and fewer settled in Serres and Thessaloniki.

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  • Copyright: Costantino Topas (COSTANTINO) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10176 W: 23 N: 17504] (109379)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-03-02
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: 1/49 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2018-06-26 7:34
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