Monument to Paìsiy Hilendàrski

Location: Bansko, Bulgaria

Completed: 1976

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.

Paisii Hilendarski monument Vazrazdane Square Old Town Bansko Bulgaria-1

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