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Bansko is a pretty mountain town located at the foot of the Pirin Mountain at an altitude of 925 m. It is famous for its original and distinctive architecture, picturesque two-storey stone houses and flower gardens, as well as an iconography and a wood-carving school, and a local cuisine. In the mid-18th century Bansko was a large and rich settlement with well-developed crafts, trade and arts. This period witnessed the establishment of the Bansko art school that became famous across the Balkans and Central Europe. Monuments made by these fantastic craftsmen remain in many Bulgarian cities. Today, the city is well-known for the heavenly beauty of Pirin, as well as for its numerous hotels and taverns and its wonderful conditions for summer and winter tourism. The unique hospitality of local citizens and the splendid traditional Pirin songs attract fans from all over the world.