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Pavel Banya (Bulgarian: Павел Баня) is a small town in the Stara Zagora Province, central Bulgaria, near the towns of Kalofer and Kazanlak. The town is the administrative center of Pavel Banya Municipality. As of 2006 it has 2,938 inhabitants. It is famous for its mineral springs.

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Geography

Pavel Banya is located 24 kilometers west of Kazanlak, neighboring Koprinka Reservoir. The town is situated in the central part of Bulgaria, between the Balkan Mountains and the Sredna Gora in the Rose Valley.

History

Pavel Banya is a relatively new community. It was founded after the liberation of Bulgaria from the Turkish Yoke. About ten families from the village of Turia formed several neighborhoods around the mineral baths, which grew into the village of Pavel Banya.

Religion

People of different religions live in Pavel Banya. The various religious holidays are respected by the populace. There is a Bulgarian Orthodox church in the town. Although there is no mosque in Pavel Banya itself in the municipality, several of the surrounding villages, some of which are entirely or almost entirely ethnically Turkish, do have mosques.

Politics

All Bulgarian political parties are represented in local politics. The mayor of the municipality, Stanimir Radevsky, was elected as an independent candidate. The two vice-mayors are from the Union of Democratic Forces and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, respectively.

Economy

Pavel Banya's economy is based on hydrotherapy tourism and cultivation of flower oils (lavender, Kazanlak roses, and salvia).

Coordinates: 42°36′N 25°12′E / 42.6°N 25.2°E / 42.6; 25.2

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