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ELPUB 2006 will be hosted by Department for Digitization of Scientific Heritage at the Institute for Mathematics and Informatics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

The conference will take place at Katarino Hotel, situated at the foot of Pirin Mountain some 4 km. away from the scenic town of Bansko.

Picture of Bansko  Picture of Bansko


Bansko is situated in South-western Bulgaria, at the foothills (925 m above sea level) of one of the most beautiful Bulgarian mountains - Pirin, which is included in the World Natural Heritage list of UNESCO. The population of Bansko consists of 12,000 inhabitants.

The city provides a unique combination of mountain beauty and Bulgarian Revival Period atmosphere. Since 1979 this town has been acknowledged as one of international significance to the tourism industry. Equally attractive during all four seasons, it offers various recreational resources. The domestic and international popularity of Bansko finds its roots in the perfect conditions for ski tourism combined with original folklore and old style Bulgarian architecture; stone houses that are guarded by high walls and solid double gates.

The majestic church "St. Troitsa" (Holy Trinity) (1835) made of granite, marble and brick masonry rises in the centre of the town. Its interior astonishes with its grandeur, as well as with its iconostasis. All the icons were created by Dimitar Molerov, a native of Bansko who graduated in Vienna and established an icon painting school together with his son. Another sight to see is the old church, "Deva Maria" (Virgin Mary / 1808). Its iconostasis ranks among the few in the Balkans with such high artistic value.

Among the other sights in Bansko one can also visit the "Nikola Vaptsarov" museum house, the House of Arts, the Ethnographic exhibition, the bazaar, a permanent icon exhibition, the Velian House, the Neophit Rilski museum and the Town Museum of History.

Bansko restaurants and pubs serve both European and Bulgarian dishes. However, recommended are the local specialties such as Kapama or Katino meze, accompanied of course by quality Bulgarian wines.

Links to websites about Bulgaria and Bansko

Bulgaria: http://www.bulgariatravel.org
City of Bansko: http://www.bansko.bg/