Lovech Town

The town of Lovech is located in Central North Bulgaria. The population is about 38,000 people. The average altitude of Lovech is 360 m. In 1187 the peace treaty between Bulgaria and Byzantium was signed there. This truce marked the beginning of the Second Bulgarian Empire. The official holiday of the town of Lovech is 11th May. [...]
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Sofia city

Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria. The city is surrounded by mountains on three sides: Vitosha to the south, Lyulin to the west and The Balkans to the north. It is located at 550 meters above sea level. Its population is about 1 300 000 people. Over the centuries, the city has had several names: Serdonopolis, Serdica, Sredets. The earliest archaeological evidence of the occupation of the territory of Sofia is from the early Neolithic (VI millennium BC). In the Ist century AD Serdica is conquered by the Romans, who turned it into a thriving Roman city. Serdica was the favorite city of Emperor Constantine the Great (306-337). The city was fortified with a strong fortress wall and four observation towers around the year of 175, and a second outer fortress wall was built in the V - VI c. The city experienced its second bloom under the reign of Emperor Justinian the Great (527-565). [...]
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Elena Town

The town of Elena is located at the foot of The Balkans. Its population is about 6500 people. Throughout the centuries the town was known as Strumena and Eliana. Historical evidence shows that the valley of Elena was inhabited as early as the IVth millennium BC and people lived there in Thracian, Roman and early Byzantine times. During the Ottoman rule the town was an administrative, handicraft, trade and cultural and educational center. Crafts flourished in that period: weaving of gubers, painting, mutafchiistvo. A Large number of houses and public buildings of different architectural periods are preserved in the town of Elena today. [...]
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Yambol City

Yambol is located in southeastern Bulgaria. It is located on both banks of the Tundzha River. Its population is about 70,000 people. Over the centuries it has been called by various names: Diopolis, Dampolis, Dampolis, Dianpolis, Hyampolis, Dinibuli, Dabilin, Dubilin, Diamboli, Yanbolu, Yambol, Yanboli. The area along the Tundzha River has been inhabited since ancient times. We gain this evidence from more than 30 settlement mounds found around. Yambol became part of Bulgaria when Khan Tervel came into power in 705. Yambol established itself as a town with developed food, beverages and tobacco industry. It is an important agricultural and wine-making center. [...]
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Stara Zagora City

The city of Stara Zagora is located in Southern Bulgaria. Its population is about 150,000 people. Stara Zagora has a millennial history. About 2500 years ago the town of Beroe was founded. The town was then annexed to the Roman Empire and renamed "Augusta Trayana". During the Middle Ages the town was named Vereya, Irinopolis, Boruy. In 1364 the town was conquered by the Turks and renamed "Eski Zara". During the Renaissance, the town became an important craft and trade center with 50 types of crafts and more than 70 shops. In the 1950s the town was named Zheleznik. In 1871 the town was given its present name Stara Zagora. [...]
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