The village of Arbanasi you can find at 4 km north-east of the medieval Bulgarian capital Veliko Tarnovo.
Prominent Bulgarian boyars settled here in the 13th century. Nowadays Arbanasi is an architectural reserve.
The earliest written document mentioning Arbanasi is a royal decree by the Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and dates from 1538.
In this document the sultan offers the lands of the modern localities of Arbanasi, Lyaskovets, Gorna Oryahovitsa and Dolna Oryahovitsa to his son-in-law Grand Vizier Rustem Pasha as a gift.
Arbanasi for centuries has been under strong Greek cultural influence. The Greek language was official in the town, there was a Greek school and divine services were in Greek. The local population’s national self-awareness however did not perish because of this influence.
The residents of Arbanasi took part in the organized armed fight of Bulgarians that ultimately led to the Liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman rule after the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78.