Spa town in Bulgaria
Banya, Pazardzhik Province
Banya (Bulgarian: Баня) is a village in the Panagyurishte Municipality, Bulgaria. As of 2007 it has 856 inhabitants. The village is famous throughout the region with its mineral bathsand its spa resort. The ruins of an ancient fortress are located 3 km to the south.
The village of Banya is situated in a mountainous region. It lies in the Sredna Gora mountain, in the Bata-Banya valley. The river Banska Luda Yana runs through the village and flows into the Panagyurska Luda Yana downstream. The closest settlements are the town of Panagyurishte, which is the centre of the municipality at 11 km and the village of Bata at 5 km. Bukova Mogila Peak (974 m) is located to the south-west.
The village has rich history. It was inhabited since the time of the Thracians. A tomb of a Thracian ruler has been discovered and the artifacts can be seen in the Village Hall. Banya was the birthplace of one of the most charismatic figures in the April Uprising, the priest Gruyo Banski and his followers Atanas Kaloyanov and Stoyan Karoleev.
There are chitalishte, library, kindergarten and school. Banya has excellent conditions for recreation with its mineral springs, outdoor and indoor pools, hotel, restaurants and pub. The population is Christian Orthodox, there are two churches and a small chapel with beautiful frescoes.