Arbanasi is a village in the Veliko Tarnovo province of central northern Bulgaria. Set on a high plateau between the larger towns of Veliko Tarnovo and Gorna Oryahovitsa, it is known for its rich history, large number of historical monuments and Bulgarian National Revival architecture. The earliest written document that makes reference to Arbanasi was a royal decree by Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent offering Arbanasi and other lands to his son-in-law, the Grand Vizier Rustem Pasha, as a gift. Although part of Bulgaria, Arbanasi was a stronghold of Greek culture for centuries. Sights include various monasteries, churches and 18th-century merchant houses.