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With under 300 inhabitants, Bulgaria’s smallest town – Melnik, 20 km southeast of Sandanski, 190km south of Sofia is famous for its robust red wine, impressive houses and natural surroundings. Thracians, Romans and Byzantines have written its history. Nestled amidst the southwestern fold of Pirin Mountain, Melnik combines memories of a prosperous past and unique in its kind countryside with whimsical sand pyramids, sandstone towers and mushrooms, vineyards and orchards. The original Revival architecture of the Melnik houses with their famous sand wine-cellars, the ruins of the old-time splendor such as the 13th century Boyar House, and the numerous churches, are the reason Melnik has become an architectural reserve. Melnik’s houses are spacious, with wide eaves and towers, high stained glass windows, carved ceilings and large cellars here the famous Melnik wine matures. A single street leads to the finest example of the forms splendor of this small southern town. The Kordopoulos House – with Venetian stained glass windows, spacious rooms and salons, ornamental murals, weaves and fretwork, a wrought iron gate and large wine-cellar from which caravans with the famous Melnik wine once left for Salonika, Athens, Vienna, Rome, and even Marseille and Spain.