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Targovishte
Търговище
—  Town  —
Targovishte is located in Bulgaria
Targovishte
Location of Targovishte
Coordinates: 43°15′N 26°35′E / 43.25°N 26.583°E / 43.25; 26.583
Country  Bulgaria
Province (Oblast) Targovishte
Municipality Targovishte
Government
 - Mayor Krasimir Mirev
Elevation 170 m (558 ft)
Population (2008)[1]
 - Total 42,468
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 7700
Area code(s) 0601
License Plate T
Website www.targovishte.bg

Targovishte (Bulgarian: Търговище:"marketplace") is a city in Bulgaria, capital of Targovishte Province. It is situated at the southern foot of the low mountain of Preslav on both banks of the Vrana River. It is 339 km north-east of Sofia, 41 km west of Shumen, 25 km north-west of Veliki Preslav, 24 km north-east of Omurtag, 100 km north-east of Veliko Tarnovo, 36 km south of Razgrad, and 35 km south-east of Popovo. It was an ancient market settlement.

First mentioned in 1573 in Ottoman tax registers, it was already an administrative centre in 1658. In the 18th and 19th centuries it became a famous market for animals and craft products called Eski Cuma ("old bazaar"). A monastical school was opened in in the 18th century and a secular one was established in 1846, with Petko Slaveykov being a teacher there; a chitalishte was also built. Industrial development began after the Second World War. Factories producing car batteries and machines for the food industry were opened; later, furniture and textile industries developed. One of Bulgaria's largest wine production factories is located there. The town is a cultural centre. In 2000, ruins of an Ancient Roman town called Missionis (Мисионис) were unearthed near Targovishte.

It is a multiethnic city which has predominant Bulgarian population with sizeable Turkish and Roma minorities. There are two Bulgarian Orthodox churches, Dormition of the Theotokos (1847) and Saint John of Rila, and one mosque. The local football team is called PFC Svetkavitsa ("lightning") and plays in the B PFG. The city is also noted for its shooting sports traditions. There is also a drama theatre and a puppet theatre.

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Honour

Targovishte Glacier on Greenwich Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica is named after Targovishte.

Twin cities

Municipality

Targovishte is the administrative centre for the Targovishte Municipality, one of five municipalities of the Targovishte Province. In addition to Targovishte, which has the status of town (in Bulgarian: град, transliterated as grad), the municipality contains 51 other localities with the status of village (in Bulgarian: село, transliterated as selo).

The following list shows the names of localities transliterated in Latin alphabet[2][3], followed in parentheses by the name in the Bulgarian Cyrillic alphabet (which links to the corresponding Bulgarian Wikipedia article).

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References

  1. ^ (Bulgarian) Population Chart from Directorate General: Civil Registration and Administrative Services
  2. ^ Geonames Search at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) - reference for location names
  3. ^ Targovishte Municipality at Guide-Bulgaria.com - reference for location names

External links

Coordinates: 43°15′33″N 26°35′21″E / 43.25917°N 26.58917°E / 43.25917; 26.58917

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Targovishte
Търговище
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Targovishte
Location of Haskovo
Coordinates: 43°15′N 26°35′E / 43.25°N 26.583°E / 43.25; 26.583
Country
Provinces
(Oblast)
Targovishte
Government
 - Mayor Georgi Ivanov
Elevation 170 m (558 ft)
Population (2008-12-31)
 - Total 37,462
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 7700
Area code(s) 0601

Targovishte is a town in northeastern part of Bulgaria. It is a capital of Targovishte Province. It is 125 km to the west from the Black Sea. About 37 000 people live in the town.



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