Shield of the sword in the shield and of the shield in the sword. A fighting cry has traveled for thousands of years and stopped in front of Spartacus' monument, staying at the place where the driver is thought to have been born the greatest slave uprising in antiquity. He passed through the centuries under different names from the Thracian Medius, through the Roman Desudava and the Bulgarian Saint Vrach, in honor of the two healers Kozma and Damian, today the warmest town in Bulgaria proudly bears the name of the voivoda Yane Sandanski. Lying in Sandansko - The Petrich valley, at the foot of the beautiful Pirin mountain, Sandanski is equidistant from the capital Sofia and the Greek port Thessaloniki. Here is the international road E79 and the Sofia-Kulata-Thessaloniki line. The city stands 126 km from the Aegean Sea and its resorts. Together with the smallest city Melnik, Rozhen Monastery and the picturesque village of Leshnitsa, it belongs to Blagoevgrad region. The air here is low in allergens. Downhill breeze from the Pirin mountain, cool in the summer, making Sandanski an attractive place to relax. There is a five-star hotel in the city, two four and three three stars, but one can rent a private house in a cozy guest house to experience vines sherry and jam of green and mature figs. There is also a large sanatorium with two bases, one for adults and one for children who have high attendance through the whole year. Sandanski and its surroundings offer many sights The first of them is the Archaeological Museum. It was built on the remnants of the early Christian "Basilica of Bishop John". The museum is an active factor in the study of the basilica in question, the early Christian necropolis, the High School complex, the thermae and residential buildings in the area. It has a rich archive and a collection of tombstones, coins, inscriptions, antiques, household items, but the most impressive is revelations in in recent years, the "Episcopal Complex", combining basilica, baptistery and colonial atrium. A suitable place for relaxation is the town park "Sveti Vrach", which is one of the the largest parks in Bulgaria and stretches along the two banks of the Sandanska Bistritsa River. Visit the monastery "St. Kozma and Damian", if one of the city's names. Take pictures at the monument to the legendary Spartak, the leader of the Gladiators' uprising against Rome from 73 BC. and get closer to nature through national Pirin Park and the Melnik Pyramids. Close to Sandanski are Melnik and Rozhen Monastery, which is a medieval monastery, a monument of culture and is the largest in Pirin Macedonia. No miss the village of Rupite, sheltered at the foot of the extinct volcano Kojuh. In its land is the Rupite site, connected with the name of the prophetess Baba Vanga. On its initiative was built the temple "St. Petka Bulgarska". An interesting phenomenon is the Reverend Stoyna and the place where the St. George Temple was buried in village of Zlatolist. 10 km away from Sandanski, near Melnik, is the castle of Despot Alexiy Slav, known as the Slav Fortress. 16 km away is the ancient sanctuary "St. Mina". It is supposed to be an Old Bulgarian sundial, oriented towards the constellation Pleiades. 17 km away is the waterfall Skoka, whose water falls 20 m. From Sandanski there are trails for the chalets - Yane Sandanski, Begovitsa, Pirin, Sinanitsa, Malina, Demianitsa, Peaks Vihren, Dzhengal, Kuklite, Yalovarnika, Valyavishki Chakar, Momin yard, Muratov peak, Kralev peak, Todorka. For lovers of adrenaline and risk is the saddle of Koncheto, which is difficult to reach and is located at 2810 m altitude. Its length is 400 m and in places it is only 50 cm wide. Enjoy the freshness of the lakes Ribno, Frog, Prevalski lakes, Teuto Lake, Long Lake, Mithro Lake, Argirovo Lake, Okooto Lake, which is part of the Banderiski Lakes, Samodivki Lakes and Kremenski Lakes. For rafting enthusiasts, the kayaking club Edelweiss offers a downhill ride across the Struma River in four districts at Kojuh Mountain and Rupite, the Kresne Gorge, the Gorge Ruen Monastery and the Zemen Gorge. Downhill runs in July and August, in groups of 10 people, each group having an instructor, a savior and equipment. The only condition is that you have to sign up in advance. Sandanski is an annual host of Pirin folk - a festival of author's songs on Macedonian folklore, which is held in September. Whether you come from Thessaloniki, Blagoevgrad or Sofia, Sandanski will welcome you with its wonderful air, picturesque landscapes and many artifacts whispering about the ancient past of this region, which is supposed to be the birthplace of Spartak.