Kyustendil - a home of thermal baths and noble acts


I always love visiting small but interesting towns that offer plenty of things to see and do. Kyustendil is one of them. I hadn’t visited it before, but it turned out to be a good choice.

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Let me start with the first landmark there –  “Hisarluka” green park. Situated on a hill just above the town of Kyustendil, this park is famous for its ancient fortress, which was built in 4 – 5 century as a prevention from the constant barbaric attacks. Initially, the hill was deforested, but a couple of centuries later a pine forest was planted.



A short road from town leads to the hill. There is also a zoo, a kids playground, restaurants and benches on a key position, where you can get a wonderful panoramic view over the entire city. 



Now we are moving to Kyustendil to see what’s interesting there. The first thing that caught my eye was the beautiful architecture of the city hall (on the photo below) that was built in 1889 – 1894. 


Kyustendil is famous for its thermal baths so you will see remains all around which are preserved until today. The mosque on the photo above is called “Ahmed Bey” and it is surrounded by such remains. Inside there is an archaeological exposition.


We visited the museum house “Dimitar Peshev”. At the entrance, we were greeted by a wonderful garden. Dimitar Peshev was a Bulgarian politician, who was born in Kyustendil and he is famous for preventing the Bulgarian Jews from deportation in WW II. Besides that, the Communists sent him to prison, and later he was released. His house was turned into a museum in 2002 and nowadays it is being visited by tourists and guests from the State of Israel.


One of the things I noticed in town is that there is a ruined mosque in the city centre which looked quite dangerous. I asked a local why it is in this state and she told me that they still don’t know what to do with it. 


The art gallery “Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora”, the medieval Pyrgos tower, as well as many ancient churches are part of the landmark’s list in town. There are also restaurants and cafés along the main street downtown. What do you think of this region? Which of the places you’d like to visit if you have a chance?


Kyustendil - a home of thermal baths and noble acts Kyustendil - a home of thermal baths and noble acts Reviewed by Stanislava E. on September 30, 2016 Rating: 5

28 comments:

  1. I was once in Kyustendil at a 5-star hotel, but I found the city centre dull and the town boring, in general. However, your photos and stories tell me I've missed something :))

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    1. Hahaha, well... I liked the city and I found it pretty interesting actually :)

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  2. Its so lovely and picturesque Sany, love place like this, wish I was there! The colors and the nature all around is enchanting! U look stunning and glam, your ootd rocks! Happy weekend Sany! xo

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    1. Thank you Lilli! I am glad that you liked Kyustendil :)

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  3. BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO VISIT :)

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  4. Kyustendil looks like a charming town. I love that you visit small towns because it's not something that I get to do often. And you always find the best things to see and do. The striking architecture of their city hall would have caught my eye as well and it's cool that there's such history behind it. Happy weekend Sany!

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    1. It's not the typical destination that's why I liked it. Thanks for your comment Rowena!

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  5. I honestly love learning about all these little gems that we don't read on other travel blogs, Sany. You are doing such a great job at bringing it to your readers attention.

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  6. This is nice! :)


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  7. HelloStanislava,
    always the same pleasure to discover new places, and cities.
    I reallylovethe arhitectural workof the great place.
    Lovely landscaoe.
    Enjoy your weekend:!
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  8. You're a very well-dressed tourist, I love it! This place truly looks incredible and with so much to see and do, plus the colourful architecture... wow! :)

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    1. Haha, really? Thank you. Yes, the place was very nice:)

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  9. Intrigued with thermal baths. :)
    Amazing picturesque view. Nice.

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  10. I hadn't heard of this town but it looks beautiful - hope they get to restore the mosque

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    1. It's not famous but it's nice. I hope they get to restore the mosque too.

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  11. I would love to visit! Love the photos!
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  12. Hi Sany! I like your photos - sounds like Kystendul is really charming town, which btw is located in really lovely place! :) I'm sure that the city it's worth to visit to rest from crowded, big cities. What's more, that panoramic views remind me the ones, which I saw when I was on the trip in Assisi.
    Hope that you have wonderful evening, my dear friend :)
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    1. Thank you for your kind words, dear friend!

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  13. I love panoramic views! Especially beautiful ones like this one.

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  14. Много обичам български градове, в които присъства европейската континентална архитектура, съчетана с традиционни български къщи, както и римски или дори византийски останки. Красиво разнообразие се получава.

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    1. И аз, но най-много обичам традиционните български къщи. Ходила ли си в Кюстендил, Лу?

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  15. I would love to see all of them, of course :) I couldn't say no to that beautiful forest, fantastic views and charming town. Also, the thermal baths are really something! They must have been spectacular in the past. That mosque looks dangerous indeed. Hopefully it can be preserved. Oh, I forgot to tell you that you look great in this post and also in others I've seen. I can tell how much you enjoyed all of the visits that I've missed during this last couple of weeks. Can't wait to see where are you taking us next ;)

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    1. I guess the thermal baths have been wonderful indeed. Thank you for your compliments, Tijana!

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