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Godech
Годеч
Godech is located in Bulgaria
Godech
Location of Godech
Coordinates: 43°00′N 23°03′E / 43°N 23.05°E / 43; 23.05
Country  Bulgaria
Province
(Oblast)
Sofia Province
Government
 - Mayor Vladimir Alexandrov
Elevation 692 m (2,270 ft)
Population (2006)
 - Total 4,663
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 2240
Area code(s) 0729

Godech (Bulgarian: Годеч) is a small town located in the Sofia Province, of Bulgaria. The town is founded in a valley on the far west of Stara Planina, where the Nishava River passes. The settllment is about 20km east of the Serbian border and has its highest peak Kom (2016 m) to the north. Godech is officially a town, not a village, carrying (As of 2006) 4,663 inhabitants. It is the administrative center of the Godech municipality.

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History

A number of archaeological finds prove that the Godech region has been inhabited since the pre-historical times and since the times of the Thracians and Romans. The evidences dating from the Middle Ages and the Bulgarian National Revival are rather meagre. In 1453 Godech was mentioned for first time in the Ottoman records. There is a still preserved inscription in St. Nikola church in the village of Tuden and according to it the church was built in 1400 '"when the Ottomans took possession of Bulgaria'". About eleven years later another church with three apses and loopholes was built in the village of Gubesh, located nearby.

The town's name is derived from the personal name Godek, a developed form of Godo or Gode or a shortened form of Godimir. It might also mean a "suitable, convenient place".[1]

Honour

Godech Nunatak on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica is named after Godech.

Twin cities

Godech is twinned with the following cities:[2]

References

  1. ^ Чолева-Димитрова, Анна М. (2002) (in Bulgarian). Селищни имена от Югозападна България: Изследване. Речник. София: Пенсофт. pp. p. 111. ISBN 9546421685. OCLC 57603720.  
  2. ^ Twin cities list (Bulgarian)

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Coordinates: 43°01′N 23°03′E / 43.017°N 23.05°E / 43.017; 23.05

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