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Teteven is located in Bulgaria
Location of Teteven
Coordinates: 42°55′4.71″N 24°15′49.91″E / 42.917975°N 24.2638639°E / 42.917975; 24.2638639
Country  Bulgaria
 - Mayor Tsetska Petkova
Elevation 498 m (1,634 ft)
Population (13.09.2005)
 - Total 12,317
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 5700
Area code(s) 0678
Teteven Historical Museum

Teteven (Bulgarian: Тетевен) is a town on the banks of the Vit, at the foot of Stara Planina in north central Bulgaria, part of Lovech Province.

The town was first mentioned in a written document in 1421. It is thought that the town's name comes from the family of a certain Tetyo (Tetyov rod), who settled in the area and founded the town. Older variants of the town's name found in documents are Tetyuven and Tetyuvene.

A thriving city in the 16th and 17th century, Teteven was raided by organized Turkish brigand groups in 1801, burnt down and almost completely destroyed, with only 4 houses surviving out of a total of 3,000. The town later revived and was active in the armed struggle for Bulgarian independence in the 19th century, sheltering a revolutionary committee from Vasil Levski's organized rebel network.

Each summer in Teteven is held a big chess tournament, one of the biggest events in Bulgaria's chess calendar. The next tournament is scheduled for August 2009.


Teteven Glacier on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica is named after Teteven.

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Coordinates: 42°55′N 24°16′E / 42.917°N 24.267°E / 42.917; 24.267



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