Monument to Paìsiy Hilendàrski
Location: Bansko, Bulgaria
Sculptor: Stoycho Todorov
Genre: Socialist monument, former Eastern Bloc
Paìsiy Hilendàrski (1722-c.1773) was a Bulgarian scholar and clergyman who was supposedly born in Bansko. He was an important Bulgarian National Revival figure and is best known for being the author of Istoriya Slavyanobolgarskaya (Slavonic-Bulgarian History), an important historical book that was published in 1762 and is credited with inspiring an awakening of the Bulgarians’ national spirit during a period when their country was under Ottoman rule. The monument depicts the scholar at the forefront of stone images and text from his renowned book.
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