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Location of Varshets in Bulgaria
The city's surroundings
St. George Church

Varshets (Bulgarian: Вършец, variously transliterated) is a spa town in Montana Province, northwestern Bulgaria. As of 2005, its population is 7,356 and the new mayor is Boryana Boncheva. It is located on the northern slopes of the western part of the Balkan mountains in the small valley of the Botunya River, at 43°12′N 23°17′E / 43.2°N 23.283°E / 43.2; 23.283, 359 metres above sea level. One of the oldest and most popular resorts in northern Bulgaria, it is famous for its curative mineral springs, mild mountain climate, beautiful scenery and a large well-kept park. The town has an excellent tourist infrastructure. There are two spa centres, a polyclinic, numerous rest houses, hotels and also many private lodgings. Varshets has an art gallery, a municipal museum and an Eastern Orthodox church dedicated to Saint George.

A 2nd century BC bronze sculpture of a Thracian boy found in the vicinity of the town is today a symbol of Varshets. The modern town is linked to Medeca, a Roman and Byzantine site first mentioned in the 6th century AD. Varshets' existence was also evidenced in 16th century documents. The first state baths in Varshets were built in 1910 and were run by Damyan Ivanov, a balneologist who specialized in Austria-Hungary. The New Baths were built in 1930, and the Sun Garden was arranged in 1934. In 1950, Varshets was proclaimed a national resort.



Varshets Saddle on Smith Island, South Shetland Islands is named after Varshets.

Famous People


The Royal Spa Casino - now unfunctional
Varshets, the renovated Spa center


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Coordinates: 43°12′N 23°17′E / 43.2°N 23.283°E / 43.2; 23.283



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