Coming into the village one suddenly finds oneself taken back to the Bulgarian Renaissance period. The numerous old houses, which have preserved the typical Rhodopian architecture, the winding narrow-pebbled streets, the arched bridges on the river, the traditions, songs and speech of the local people give you the opportunity to immerse into the atmosphere of past times and to feel the Bulgarian culture and spirit.The village of Shiroka Luka, declared an architectural reserve, has preserved its appearance since the Bulgarian National Revival period. 90 sites were proclaimed monuments of culture. Many of them are houses built in the architectural style typical of that region. The oldest of them date back to the beginning of the 19 th century. They are two-storey buildings with bay windows and high stone chimneys, thick walls, small windows, forged doors, internal wooden staircase and a small cellar with a hiding place. Most prominent among these houses are: Kalaidjiiska, Grigorov, and Bogdan houses.
The most impressive building is the Sgurov Konak (Town hall), which now hosts the Ethnographic Museum. The exposition shows the way of life during the National Revival Period.
The church “Uspenie Bogorodichno” (Holly Assumption) built in 1834 is another important landmark. The church has an impressive internal and external architecture. Next to it you can see the Plamarchovata house, where the first local school was established in 1830.
One of the two secondary folk music schools is located here.
The crafts of this region play an important part in the Rhodopian way of life - both in the daily routine and in festivals. The materials used, the musical instruments, and the decorations worn by the beautiful women of the region radiate a warmth that is in harmony with the forms, colors, and sounds of the Rhodope Mountains.
Cattle breeding has been the major means of survival for people from the Rhodopes for many centuries.