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. Read more