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Belovo, Bulgaria

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Belovo, Bulgaria is located in Bulgaria
Belovo, Bulgaria
Location of Belovo, Bulgaria
Coordinates: 42°13′N 24°0′E / 42.217°N 24°E / 42.217; 24
Country  Bulgaria
 - Mayor Kuzman Marinkov
Elevation 320 m (1,050 ft)
Population (15.12.2006)
 - Total 3,966
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 4470
Area code(s) 03581

Belovo (Bulgarian Белово) is a town in South West Bulgaria. It is located in Pazardzhik Province, where the Yadenitza flows into the Maritza river, at the foot of three mountain ranges (Rila, Rhodopes and Sredna Gora), on the western end of the Thracian Plain. Owing to the confluence of the three mountain ranges, the municipality of Belovo has a diverse landscape, with many forests and water resources in the area.

Belovo municipality was created in 1978, and covers 8 settlements, an area of 339 km2 and 10 thousand residents. Belovo town as a municipal center is surrounded by the villages of Akandzhievo, Gabrovitsa, Golyamo Belovo, Dabravite, Menekyovo, Momina Klisura and Sestrimo.

Belovo Municipality is a tourism and resort micro-region. The facilities Livada Bachia, Chaira, Dolni Undol (Yadenitsa), Belmeken Dam Lake, the Belmeken sports facility, Toplata Voda and Kourtovo are sites offering wonderful opportunities for recreation and tourism.

With the construction of the railway line Istanbul - Belovo by Baron Hirshovata's company in 1873, Belovo become the most important center of wood and wood processing in the Balkans during the 18th century. Today the international road and the railway from West Europe through Belgrade and Sofia to Istanbul are passing through the town. The Belovo paper mill produces toilet paper and other disposable paper products.

The monument of Hristo Botev and the "Alexander Ivanov - Chapai" school




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