- Bobov Dol
] To the east is the other town part of Bobov Dol, the newer Minyor neighbourhood in the Bankovitsa area which dates to 1954 and mostly consists of
Bobov Dol was first mentioned in an Ottoman tax register of 1576, although the area had been inhabited by the
Thraciansin antiquity and was part of the medieval Bulgarian Empire, as well as the Byzantine Empire. Although in the 1830s the geologist Ami Bouévisited the region and studied the local coal deposits, it was not until after the Liberation of Bulgariathat extraction began, namely in 1891. On 30 September 1967, the village of Bobov Dol was proclaimed a town. The Bovo Dol Thermal Power Plant was built between 1973 and 1975 10 kilometres from the town, at the village of Golemo Selo. During the Socialist era, Bobov Dol attracted many workers as it experienced an economic and demographic boom, with groups of workers arriving from as far as Nicaraguain the 1980s.
Notable natives include football manager Georgi Vasilev (born 1946) and Minister of Finance
Plamen Oresharski(born 1960). The local football club, PFC Minyor Bobov dol, plays in the second division of Bulgarian football, B PFG.
Bobov Dol is the administrative centre of Bobov Dol municipality (part of Kyustendil Province), which includes the following 18 places:
* [http://www.bobovdol.eu/ Official municipality website] bg icon
* [http://bulgaria.domino.bg/bobovdol/ Bobov Dol municipality at Domino.bg] bg icon en icon
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