Melnik (pop. 800) is the smallest Bulgarian town, picturesquely situated amidst fantastic scenery - strangely shaped
pyramids of sand and limestone. During the 17th - 18th c., it becomes a flourishing tobacco and wine-producing center,
whose fame spread to many European countries. The beautiful fortress-like houses with broad wine cellars cut in the
limestone rocks date from this period.
Steep, strangely shaped sandstone rocks, lovely white houses perched on their slopes and a single street which leads to
the finest example of the former splendour of this small southern town.
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