- Pazardzhik Province
Infobox Province of Bulgaria
Cyrillic = Област Пазарджик
Municipalities = 11
Area = 4,459 km²
Population = 317,358 GRAO (14.09.2007)
Density = 68 persons/km²
LicensePlate = PA
Governor = Angel Cholakov
Pazardzhik is a
provincelocated in southern Bulgariaand covers 4,458 km². Ranging from 190 to 370 m above sea level, Pazardzhik is home to 319,358 people (1998).
The province is abundant with
water resources, its main waterwayis the river Maritsaand its catchment basinincludes the Topolnitsa Riverand Luda Yana River.
The backbone of the economy in the region is industry. The "Batashki Vodnosilov Pat" is an important hydrocomplex consisting of three hydro power plants- "Batak", "Peshtera" and "Aleko" with combined capacity of around 250 MW. Copper extracting industry is of national and European importance with major mines located around Panagyurishte (Asarel and Medet),
Elshitsa, Tsar Asenand Mina Radka. Machine building industry is developed in Pazardzhik(lead acid batteries), Panagyurishte(optical), Velingrad. There is flourishing pharmaceutical industry in Peshterawith more than 1 000 employees in the plant. Paper industry is developed in Belovo. Timber industry is very important in the southern part of the region (the Rhodopes)- Batak, Peshtera, Rakitovoand Velingrad. The manufacturing of textiles in well developed in Pazardzhik, Panagyurishteand Velingrad. There is a huge footware plant in Peshtera. Food processing industry is developed in most of the towns.Agriculture is also important, especially in the fertile central parts of the region. The most important crops are orchards (apples, plums and strawberries), grapes, wheat, barley, rye and rice. Livestock breeding is relatively well developed in the mountainous areas.
The province has considerable opportunities to develop mountain and rural tourism, especially in the southern parts where the
Rhodopemountains are located. The slopes are covered with dense deciduous and higher up, coniferous forests, dotted with numerous artificial lakes. The largest one is the Batak Dam, on whose shores are built two resorts: "Tsigov Chark" and "Saint Konstantin" as well as many villas and shrines. Fish is abundant in the dams, including carp, rudd, roach barbel, perch, zanderand many others; the mountain streams are rich in trout. There are spa resorts in Velingrad, Strelcha, Banya, Varvara. The most famous landmarks are located in Panagyurishte, Pazardzhik, Batak, Velingrad.
Impressive ruins of an ancient basilica rise in the hilly country, close to the town of
Belovo. Numerous ruined fortresses are scattered around the province, the most famous of these are Tsepina, and the ramparts near Bata and Strelcha.
Transportation and communications
The road network is not dense. The
Trakiya motorwayruns through the middle of the region. The main railway between Sofiaand Plovdivalso runs through it. There are two other railways: to Panagyurishteand to Peshtera. There are several military airports. As everywhere in Bulgaria, every town and village in the region is provided with electricity, drinking water and telephone network. Each town and some villages are provided with Internet connection, and the cellular phone coverage is almost 100%, as most people own GSMs.Some of the interconnecting roads, especially higher up the mountain, are currently in a very bad state following heavy downpours in 2005 and 2006.
Its principal city is
Pazardzhik, and other municipalities are Batak, Belovo, Bratsigovo, Kostandovo, Lesichovo, Panagyurishte, Peshtera, Rakitovo, Septemvri, Strelcha, and Velingrad.
Towns in the Pazardzhik Province by population :
Pazardzhik- 95 485
Velingrad- 23 960
Panagyurishte- 22 252
Peshtera- 20 020
Septemvri- 8 631
Rakitovo- 8 304
Bratsigovo- 4 577
Strelcha- 4 515
Kostandovo- 4 356
* Belovo- 4 095
* Batak- 3 782
Sarnitsa- 3 607
Vetren- 3 562
Provinces of Bulgaria
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