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Coordinates: 42°10′N 24°45′E / 42.167°N 24.75°E / 42.167; 24.75

Sliven Province
Област Сливен
Map of Bulgaria indicating Sliven Province
Capital Sliven
Area 3,544 km²
Population 218,474 GRAO
Population density 126 persons/km²
Municipalities 4
License plate province code CH
Time zone
- Summer (DST)
EET (UTC+2)
EEST (UTC+3)
Governor Marin Kavrakov
Website http://www.sliven.government.bg/

Sliven Province (Bulgarian: Област Сливен) is a province in central Bulgaria. Its main city is Sliven, while other municipalities are Kotel, Nova Zagora, and Tvarditsa.

Sliven is situated at the foot of the unique rock massif "Sinite Kamani" (The Blue Rocks), very close to mineral springs. The town is famous for its clean fresh air, clean water sources, mild winter and cool summer.

Sliven is the only Bulgarian town that has never changed its Slavonic name, though it is one of the oldest settlements in Europe. Here lived Thracians, Romans, Slavs, and Ancient Greeks. The first Roman settlement on this place - Tuida ( The 3rd century BC) was a famous trade centre. Sliven was mentioned as a big town for the first time in 1153 by the Arab traveller Idrisi.

According to the 2001 census, the province had a population of 218 474 inhabitants, of whom 163 188 were Bulgarians, 22 971 Turks, 26 777 Roma, etc.

Sliven
The Old Elm Tree at Sliven

Nature Park Sinite Kamani - The Blue Rocks

The 'Sinite Kamani' Nature Park is famous for its nature landmarks. Halkata – the arc-shaped rock garland, possessing, according to the legends, magic force - is one of the symbols of the town of Sliven. The forms that the nature has sculptured in the cave Zmeevi dupki – Zmejat, Orelat and Vladishkija tron are amazing. The ancient beech forest in the vicinity of the Kushbunar spring in the region of Karandila is quite picturesque. The specific climate and lay conditions of the nature park determine the great diversity of flora and fauna. The plant species are more than 1000, about 900 of which are representative of high species. The invertebrate animals are represented by 235 species – eight species of fish, nine species of amphibians, nineteen species of reptiles, 165 species of birds and 34 species of mammals. The lay is of typical mountain type – steep and ravine slopes and at sea level between 290 and 1181 meters above the sea level. The north and northwest winds, the wind called bora, famous also as the wind of the town of Sliven and the night breeze are typical for the region. Through the park flow many rivers and their beds form numerous shoots, pools and waterfalls.

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