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Bankya, with Sofia and Vitosha Mountain in the background

Bankya (Bulgarian: Банкя) is an upscale town and district in western Bulgaria. It is administratively part of greater Sofia.

The district is famous for the mineral springs and baths that have been used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. In 1969 the village of Bankya was proclaimed a town, and in 1979 it became part of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.

Bankya is 10 km west of the city of Sofia. It is situated at the foot of Lyulin mountain at an average altitude of around 630–750 meters. The first people to populate the region of Bankya were Thracian tribes, over 2500 years ago. Archaeological excavations near the quarter of Ivanyane have unearthed remains of Ancient Roman buildings, walls and sewers, and bronze bracelets from the 4th–5th century. Bankya's economy depends mainly on tourism and balneological treatment.

The Mineral Baths in Bankya

Bankya was first mentioned as Bankya in the 15th century. The former villages of Verdikal, Gradoman and Mihaylovo are part of the town itself, while Ivanyane and Klisura are part of the municipality. Bankya's name stems from the common noun bankya, "hot spring", a diminutive of banya ("baths").

Former Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov is a native.

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Big cities nearby

Bulgaria    (15 km)

Sofia    (15 km)


Towns nearby

Slivnitsa    (19 km)


Smaller towns nearby

Bozhurishte    (9 km)

Vladaya    (9 km)

Batanovtsi    (19 km)


Villages nearby

Opitsvet    (19 km)


Other locations nearby

Gradoman    (2 km)

Mikhaylovo    (2 km)

Verdikal    (2 km)

Klisura    (3 km)

Malo Buchino    (3 km)

Ivanyane    (4 km)

Gurmazovo    (5 km)

Pozharevo    (5 km)

Filipovtsi    (7 km)

Sukhodol    (7 km)

Tsŭrnel    (7 km)

Divotino    (8 km)

Golemo Buchino    (8 km)

Lyulin    (8 km)

Mala Rakovitsa    (8 km)

Raylovo    (8 km)

Rosoman    (8 km)

Kherakovo    (9 km)

Prolesha    (9 km)

Dragichevo    (10 km)

Gorna Banya    (10 km)

Knyazhevo    (10 km)

Moshino    (10 km)

Raduy    (10 km)

Zlatusha    (10 km)

Belitsa    (11 km)

Obelya    (11 km)

Rasnik    (11 km)

Voluyak station    (11 km)

Boyana    (12 km)

Marchaevo    (12 km)

Meshtitsa    (12 km)

Moderno Predgradie    (12 km)

Murchaevo    (12 km)

Voluyak    (12 km)

25th MMC Sofia city 25    (13 km)

Daskalovo    (13 km)

Delyan    (13 km)

Hrabarsko    (13 km)

Hrabarsko station    (13 km)

Khrabŭrsko    (13 km)

Khrabursko    (13 km)

Krasno Selo    (13 km)

Rudartsi    (13 km)

Tsarkva    (13 km)

Vrabnitsa    (13 km)

Vrŭbnitsa    (13 km)

Mramor    (14 km)

Nadezhda    (14 km)

Viskyar    (14 km)

Vitanovtsi    (14 km)

Babitsa    (15 km)

Golyanovtsi    (15 km)

Gurgulyat    (15 km)

Kalkas    (15 km)

Kladnitsa    (15 km)

Kralevdol    (15 km)

Maslovo    (15 km)

Mihailo Obrenović III    (15 km)

Obedinenie    (15 km)

Petarch    (15 km)

Peturch    (15 km)

Shiyakovtsi    (15 km)

Galabovtsi    (16 km)

Goz    (16 km)

Gŭlŭbovtsi    (16 km)

Iliyantsi    (16 km)

Zhiten    (16 km)

Zidartsi    (16 km)

Balgarska Armia Stadium    (17 km)

Bela Voda    (17 km)

Benkovski    (17 km)

Birimirtsi    (17 km)

Bogdanovdol    (17 km)

Dragalevtsi    (17 km)

Dragelevtsi    (17 km)

Dragovishtitsa    (17 km)

Mirovyane    (17 km)

Orlandovtsi    (17 km)

Pogledets    (17 km)

Trebich    (17 km)

Vasil Levski National Stadium    (17 km)

Yardzhilovtsi    (17 km)

Arzan    (18 km)

Batkovtsi    (18 km)

Dobroslavtsi    (18 km)

Malashevtsi    (18 km)

Slakovtsi    (18 km)

Sopitsa    (18 km)

Georgi Asparuhov Stadium    (19 km)

Kubratovo    (19 km)

Obradovtsi    (19 km)

Planinitsa    (19 km)

Poduyane    (19 km)

Rakita    (19 km)

Selishten Dol    (19 km)

Simeonovo    (19 km)

Simeonowo    (19 km)

Slavovtsi    (19 km)

Studena    (19 km)

23rd MMC Sofia city 23    (20 km)

Aleksandŭr Voykov    (20 km)

Arena Armeec    (20 km)

Balsha    (20 km)

Dŭrvenitsa    (20 km)

Kumaritsa    (20 km)


Landmarks nearby

Power Plant    (11 km)

Charles Roden Buxton    (12 km)

Noel Noel Buxton    (12 km)

Cathedral of St Joseph Sofia    (15 km)

Church of St George Sofia    (15 km)

José de San Martín    (15 km)

St Nedelya Church    (15 km)

William Ewart Gladstone    (15 km)

Bulgarian National Bank    (16 km)

City Garden    (16 km)

Ivan Vazov    (16 km)

James David Bourchier    (16 km)

Largo Sofia    (16 km)

National Assembly    (16 km)

Sofia Power Plant    (16 km)

Vasil Zlatarski    (16 km)

Borisova gradina    (17 km)

Doctors Garden    (17 km)

Georgi Bradistilov    (17 km)

Eugene Schuyler    (18 km)

Januarius MacGahan    (18 km)

Universiada Hall    (18 km)


Churches nearby

Boyana Tsarkva    (12 km)

Banya Bashi Dzhamia    (15 km)

Cathedral of St Joseph    (15 km)

Church of St Nicholas    (15 km)

Church of St Petka of the Saddlers    (15 km)

Rotonda Sv Georgi    (15 km)

Sv Petka Samardzhiyska    (15 km)

Sveta Nedelya    (15 km)

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral    (16 km)

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral Sofia    (16 km)

Sv Aleksandar Nevski    (16 km)