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Top Things to See & Do in Stara Zagora - Bulgaria
Top Things to See & Do in Stara Zagora - Bulgaria
Published: 2014/11/18
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Stara Zagora, Bulgaria www.bluemaxbg.com
Stara Zagora, Bulgaria www.bluemaxbg.com
Published: 2014/04/27
Channel: Bluemax Ltd.
Полет над Стара Загора
Полет над Стара Загора
Published: 2014/04/28
Channel: Plan View
The business of marriage | European Journal
The business of marriage | European Journal
Published: 2010/04/16
Channel: DW English
Stara Zagora (Стара Загора) Green City
Stara Zagora (Стара Загора) Green City
Published: 2014/10/16
Channel: VideoMap Bulgaria
THE MARKET (STARA ZAGORA, BULGARIA)
THE MARKET (STARA ZAGORA, BULGARIA)
Published: 2014/04/17
Channel: Bojidar Velinov
Stara Zagora,Bulgaria
Stara Zagora,Bulgaria
Published: 2011/02/28
Channel: AliceMineva
Bulgaria: Roma brides go up for auction at traditional fair
Bulgaria: Roma brides go up for auction at traditional fair
Published: 2014/03/08
Channel: Ruptly TV
Roads in Bulgaria,  I-5/E85, Stara Zagora -  Kazanluk - Gabrovo , 2016
Roads in Bulgaria, I-5/E85, Stara Zagora - Kazanluk - Gabrovo , 2016
Published: 2016/07/06
Channel: cezarmario2012
Pista Stara Zagora 2017 Ilia Tzarski
Pista Stara Zagora 2017 Ilia Tzarski
Published: 2017/10/02
Channel: Velev
Roma integration in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
Roma integration in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
Published: 2017/04/26
Channel: European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)
stara zagora - luster
stara zagora - luster
Published: 2010/06/15
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Stara Zagora - Back to Earth (live) - 1000.fans One Mic Sessions
Stara Zagora - Back to Earth (live) - 1000.fans One Mic Sessions
Published: 2016/10/05
Channel: 1000 Fans
1Mezuniyet balosu Salie STARA ZAGORA
1Mezuniyet balosu Salie STARA ZAGORA
Published: 2017/05/14
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Bulgaria Kazanlak, Stara Zagora
Bulgaria Kazanlak, Stara Zagora
Published: 2011/01/08
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svadba stara zagora
svadba stara zagora
Published: 2011/05/15
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Stara Zagora - Street Dance Festival 2013 - [ upsmiledown.org ]
Stara Zagora - Street Dance Festival 2013 - [ upsmiledown.org ]
Published: 2013/06/23
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Стара Загора - Свидетеля на историята/Stara Zagora -the Witness of History
Стара Загора - Свидетеля на историята/Stara Zagora -the Witness of History
Published: 2015/06/11
Channel: documentarybg
Molitva za Stara Zagora
Molitva za Stara Zagora
Published: 2017/08/01
Channel: Красимир Стоименов
Street Workout Competition Stara Zagora
Street Workout Competition Stara Zagora
Published: 2014/05/05
Channel: Niki Devedjiev
Bmw drifting Stara Zagora Bulgaria
Bmw drifting Stara Zagora Bulgaria
Published: 2015/09/21
Channel: joro geca
gadjo v1v stara zagora pri brat arif pastora
gadjo v1v stara zagora pri brat arif pastora
Published: 2011/03/23
Channel: Rumen Iliev
Bellagio Stara Zagora
Bellagio Stara Zagora
Published: 2016/01/25
Channel: superdibsi
Traversare Stara Zagora / Stara Zagora Crossing / Стара Загора
Traversare Stara Zagora / Stara Zagora Crossing / Стара Загора
Published: 2014/07/24
Channel: TechTronic9000
Drone video of Samara Flag, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, by Contempo-BG
Drone video of Samara Flag, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, by Contempo-BG
Published: 2016/01/18
Channel: Contempo BG
Fail & Win Bulgaria Stara Zagora
Fail & Win Bulgaria Stara Zagora
Published: 2013/08/27
Channel: Tougy
Rally Stara Zagora, Bulgaria 14.06.2015
Rally Stara Zagora, Bulgaria 14.06.2015
Published: 2015/06/14
Channel: Commodore286
Eighth International Competition for Junior Trumpet Players, 2015 - Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
Eighth International Competition for Junior Trumpet Players, 2015 - Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
Published: 2016/04/10
Channel: Студио Музикален свят
STUNT & DRIFT SHOW *Тurbo Circus* Stara Zagora
STUNT & DRIFT SHOW *Тurbo Circus* Stara Zagora
Published: 2017/06/17
Channel: Jean Gixxer
stara zagora black day kilata diss
stara zagora black day kilata diss
Published: 2010/06/01
Channel: petar krasimirov
Bulgaria Kazanlak, Stara Zagora-2
Bulgaria Kazanlak, Stara Zagora-2
Published: 2006/12/20
Channel: mark1234s
Hotels in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria: Uniqato Hotel
Hotels in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria: Uniqato Hotel
Published: 2014/05/19
Channel: Davidsbeenhere
First International Festival of Bulgarian Immigrants - July 2014 Malka Vereya - Stara Zagora
First International Festival of Bulgarian Immigrants - July 2014 Malka Vereya - Stara Zagora
Published: 2014/09/26
Channel: miguelbass
Ultras CSKA Sofia 06.04.2016 Stara Zagora away
Ultras CSKA Sofia 06.04.2016 Stara Zagora away
Published: 2016/04/06
Channel: UltrasBulgaria
Bulgaria Downhill Stara Zagora
Bulgaria Downhill Stara Zagora
Published: 2017/01/03
Channel: Kalin Tihov
BEROE STARA ZAGORA - BULGARIAN CHAMPIONS 1986 /БЕРОЕ ШАМПИОН
BEROE STARA ZAGORA - BULGARIAN CHAMPIONS 1986 /БЕРОЕ ШАМПИОН
Published: 2006/12/03
Channel: stelko
PlovdivDerbyTV: Bultras on tour   Stara Zagora
PlovdivDerbyTV: Bultras on tour Stara Zagora
Published: 2017/04/19
Channel: Plovdiv Derby.com
epc 2017 stara zagora
epc 2017 stara zagora
Published: 2017/07/25
Channel: hri33sto
Stara Zagora Stairs
Stara Zagora Stairs
Published: 2015/12/13
Channel: Palladium Power
Street Fitness in Stara Zagora + Izverg Production Kazanlak
Street Fitness in Stara Zagora + Izverg Production Kazanlak
Published: 2012/02/11
Channel: IzvergProduction
Dunurluk Asan ve Avash Stara Zagora full HDV
Dunurluk Asan ve Avash Stara Zagora full HDV
Published: 2017/03/18
Channel: ADJERKO1
Stunt & Drift Show in Stara Zagora - 4 -  Alipiev
Stunt & Drift Show in Stara Zagora - 4 - Alipiev
Published: 2017/06/19
Channel: Сакарнюз
Bg Stara Zagora Stunt
Bg Stara Zagora Stunt
Published: 2008/01/13
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Hos geldin Sultanar sultanl ALEV  STARA ZAGORA
Hos geldin Sultanar sultanl ALEV STARA ZAGORA
Published: 2017/02/04
Channel: ADJERKO1
7th National Salsa Congress Friday Party @ Stara Zagora
7th National Salsa Congress Friday Party @ Stara Zagora
Published: 2017/03/07
Channel: istanbul dance life
Trakia University Stara Zagora - Student Testimonials 2016
Trakia University Stara Zagora - Student Testimonials 2016
Published: 2017/01/14
Channel: Study Medicine Europe
Specialty Show Dogo argentino  9/2010 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria D.A.C.B.
Specialty Show Dogo argentino 9/2010 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria D.A.C.B.
Published: 2010/09/11
Channel: Roman Zelenka
pastor arif evanglizasiya stara  zagora
pastor arif evanglizasiya stara zagora
Published: 2012/02/25
Channel: stoyan angelov
Arka Gdynia - Beroe Stara Zagora 1:1
Arka Gdynia - Beroe Stara Zagora 1:1
Published: 2011/02/19
Channel: FranciszkanieTV
Circuit Stara Zagora 2017 P.Obretenov Citroen Saxo / Писта Стара Загора
Circuit Stara Zagora 2017 P.Obretenov Citroen Saxo / Писта Стара Загора
Published: 2017/10/02
Channel: Petar Obretenov
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Stara Zagora
Стара Загора
Flag of Stara Zagora
Flag
Coat of arms of Stara Zagora
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): The city of the linden-trees
Stara Zagora is located in Bulgaria
Stara Zagora
Stara Zagora
Location of Stara Zagora
Coordinates: 42°26′N 25°39′E / 42.433°N 25.650°E / 42.433; 25.650Coordinates: 42°26′N 25°39′E / 42.433°N 25.650°E / 42.433; 25.650
Country Bulgaria
Province Stara Zagora
Established 342 BC
Government
 • Mayor Zhivko Todorov [GERB]
Area
 • City 85.786 km2 (33.122 sq mi)
Elevation 196 m (643 ft)
Population (2015)[1]
 • City 158,563
 • Density 1,612/km2 (4,180/sq mi)
 • Urban 136,807
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 6000
Area code(s) 042
Website www.starazagora.bg

Stara Zagora (Bulgarian: Стара Загора, pronounced [ˈstarɐ ˈzaɡorɐ]) is a city in Bulgaria, a nationally important economic center. Located in Southern Bulgaria, it is the administrative capital of the homonymous Stara Zagora Province.

According to Operative Program Regional Development of Bulgaria, the agglomeration of Stara Zagora is the fifth largest in Bulgaria and has a population of 213,444 inhabitants.[2]

Stara Zagora is known as the city of straight streets, linden trees, and poets.

Name[edit]

The name comes from the Slavic root star ("old") and the name of the medieval region of Zagore ("beyond the [Balkan] mountains" in Slavic)[3]

History[edit]

The General Post office of Stara Zagora
The Roman Amphitheatre
Stronghold Ulpia Augusta Traiana over city's modern map


Augusta Traiana[edit]

A city was founded by Phillip II of Macedon[4][5][6][7] at 342 BC. Under the Roman Empire, the town was renamed to Ulpia Augusta Traiana in honour of emperor Trajan.

ohn's Byzantine army, and many of the captives were settled as foederati within the Byzantine frontier. In 1208 the Bulgarians defeated the Latin Empire in the battle of Boruy, also fought nearby.

The Ottomans conquered Stara Zagora in 1371. A grade school was built in 1840 and the town's name was changed to Zheleznik (Железник; a Slavic translation of Beroe) in 1854 instead of the Turkish Eskizağra (Also called Zağra-i Atik), but was renamed once again to Stara Zagora in 1870. It was an administrative centre in Edirne Province before 1878 as "Zağra-i Atik".[8] After the Liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman rule in 1878, it became part of autonomous Eastern Rumelia as a department centre before the two Bulgarian states finally merged in 1886 as a result of the Unification of Bulgaria.

Stara Zagora official day[edit]

Every year October 5 is celebrated as the official day of Stara Zagora with multiple events, concerts, activities for kids and a fair.

Geography and climate[edit]

Stara Zagora is the administrative centre of its municipality and the Stara Zagora Province. It is about 231 kilometres (144 mi) from Sofia, near the Bedechka river in the historic region of Thrace.

The city is in an area of a transitional continental climate with a considerable subtropical influence. The average yearly temperature is about 13 °C (55 °F).

Climate data for Stara Zagora (2002-2014)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 6.5
(43.7)
8.7
(47.7)
14.1
(57.4)
18.6
(65.5)
24.5
(76.1)
28.0
(82.4)
31.5
(88.7)
31.2
(88.2)
26.7
(80.1)
20.5
(68.9)
13.8
(56.8)
7.8
(46)
19.3
(66.7)
Daily mean °C (°F) 2.0
(35.6)
3.5
(38.3)
8.0
(46.4)
13.4
(56.1)
18.7
(65.7)
23.0
(73.4)
25.2
(77.4)
25.0
(77)
21.0
(69.8)
15.3
(59.5)
9.5
(49.1)
3.9
(39)
13.0
(55.4)
Average low °C (°F) −1.5
(29.3)
−0.8
(30.6)
3.1
(37.6)
8.2
(46.8)
13.0
(55.4)
17.1
(62.8)
18.9
(66)
18.8
(65.8)
14.5
(58.1)
10.2
(50.4)
5.8
(42.4)
1.0
(33.8)
9.0
(48.2)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 47
(1.85)
35
(1.38)
37
(1.46)
51
(2.01)
71
(2.8)
66
(2.6)
57
(2.24)
48
(1.89)
32
(1.26)
45
(1.77)
57
(2.24)
52
(2.05)
598
(23.55)
Source: [Stringmeteo.com]

Population[edit]

Stara Zagora, 1930's

Stara Zagora was possibly the biggest town in today's Bulgarian territory before liberation from Ottoman rule. But the town was burned and destroyed by Turkish army during the Liberation war in 1877-1878. During the first decade after the liberation of Bulgaria, in the 1880s the population of Stara Zagora decreased and numbered about 16,000.[9] Since then it started growing decade by decade, mostly because of the migrants from the rural areas and the surrounding smaller towns, reaching its peak in the period 1989-1991 exceeding 160,000.[10] After this time, the population has started decreasing because of the low birth rate. Stara Zagora is one of the richest cities in Bulgaria with much better economic situation than average for the Bulgarian provinces.

Stara Zagora
Year 1887 1910 1934 1946 1956 1965 1975 1985 1992 2001 2005 2009 2011 2013
Population 16,039 22,003 29,825 38,325 55,094 88,857 122,454 151,163 150,451 143,420 141,597 140,710 138,272 137,834
Highest number 151,272 in 1985
Sources: National Statistical Institute,[10][11][12] „citypopulation.de“,[13] „pop-stat.mashke.org“,[14] Bulgarian Academy of Sciences[9]

Ethnic linguistic and religious composition[edit]

According to the latest 2011 census data, individuals who declared their ethnic identity were distributed as follows:[15][16]

  • Bulgarians: 117,963 (93.2%)
  • Gypsies: 5,430 (4.3%)
  • Turks: 1,965 (1.6%)
  • Others: 579 (0.5%)
  • Indefinable: 617 (0.5%)
  • Undeclared: 11,718 (8.5%)

Total: 138,272

Football club[edit]

PFC Beroe Stara Zagora is a football (soccer) club in Stara Zagora. It was established in 1916 and plays at Beroe stadium. The team is a member of the "A grupa" league. Beroe has won the Bulgarian Cup two times (2009-2010 and 2012-2013).[17][18]

Main sights[edit]

A Communist era statue at a park in the center of town.

Districts[edit]

Districts of Stara Zagora
  • Bedechka - Gradinski (Бедечка - Градински, named at river Bedechka)
  • Central City Part (includes Supercenter, Chayka & Zagorka) (Централна градска част (Суперцентър, Чайка и Загорка) - Chayka - Sea-gull, Zagorka - named after Zagorka brewery)
  • Makedonski (Македонски - Macedonian) know also as Chumleka (Чумлека)
  • Dabrava (Дъбрава - former village of Dabrava)
  • Eastern Industrial Zone (Източна индустриална зона)
  • Geo Milev (Гео Милев - named after the Bulgarian poet)
  • Golesh (Голеш)
  • Industrial Zone (Индустриална Зона)
  • Kazanski (Казански)
  • Kolyo Ganchev (Кольо Ганчев - named after the famous Bulgarian revolutionary)
  • Lozenets (Лозенец - from лозе - vineyard)
  • Mitropolit Metodiy Kusev (Митрополит Методий Кусев - named after a famous Starozagorian bishop)
  • Opalchenski (Опълченски - Volunteer's district named after Bulgarian voluntary army units) also known as Chaika (Чайка - Sea-Gull)
  • Samara 1, 2 & 3- (Самара 1, 2 и 3 - named after the sister city of Samara, Russia)
  • Slaveykov (Славейков - named after the famous Bulgarian poet Petko Slaveykov)
  • Studentski grad - (Студентски град - Student town)
  • Tri Chuchura north, center & south - (Три чучура север, център и юг - "Three spouts")
  • Vasil Levski - (Васил Левски - named after the famous Bulgarian revolutionary)
  • Vazrazhdane - (Възраждане - Renaissance)
  • Zheleznik (small & big) (Железник - like one of the former names of the city)
  • Zora (Зора - Dawn)

Future districts :

  • Atyuren (Атюрен - future district of the city)
  • Bogomilovo (Богомилово - village of Bogomilovo)
  • Hrishteni (Хрищени - village of Hrishteni)
  • Malka Vereya (Малка Верея - Vereya - old name of the city, Malka - small, village of Malka Vereya)

Famous people[edit]

Other[edit]

Twin towns and sister cities[edit]

Stara Zagora is twinned with:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population by districts, municipalities, place of residence and sex". NSI. 2015-12-31. Retrieved 2016-05-13. 
  2. ^ [1] (page 39) Archived September 30, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Стара Загора" (in Bulgarian). Верея Тур. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  4. ^ Women and slaves in Greco-Roman culture: differential equations by Sandra Rae Joshel, Sheila Murnaghan,1998,page 214,"Philip II founded cities at Beroe, Kabyle, and Philippopolis in 342/1, and Aegean-style urban life began to penetrate Thrace."
  5. ^ Late Roman villas in the Danube-Balkan region by Lynda Mulvin,2002,page 19,"Other roads went through Beroe (founded by Philip II of Macedon) "
  6. ^ Philip of Macedon by Louïza D. Loukopoulou,1980,page 98,"Upriver in the valley between the Rhodope and Haimos Philip founded Beroe (Stara Zagora) and Philippolis (Plovdiv)."
  7. ^ The cities in Thrace and Dacia in late antiquity: (studies and materials) by Velizar Iv Velkov,1977,page 128,"Founded by Philipp 11 on the site of an old Thracian settlement, it has existed without interruption from that time."
  8. ^ http://acikarsiv.ankara.edu.tr/fulltext/3066.pdf[dead link]
  9. ^ a b (in Bulgarian) Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ a b (in Bulgarian)[2]
  11. ^ "Таблици на населението по настоящ и по постоянен адрес". ГД ГРАО. Retrieved 2016-05-13. 
  12. ^ (in English) Bulgarian National Statistical Institute - 2014
  13. ^ (in English) „WorldCityPopulation“
  14. ^ „pop-stat.mashke.org“
  15. ^ (in Bulgarian) Population on 01.02.2011 by provinces, municipalities, settlements and age; National Statistical Institute
  16. ^ Population by province, municipality, settlement and ethnic identification, by 01.02.2011; Bulgarian National Statistical Institute (in Bulgarian)
  17. ^ Website: /beroe.eu
  18. ^ Beroe Team Facts
  19. ^ Neolithic Dwellings
  20. ^ http://soviet-awards.com/forum/soviet-bloc-awards/soviet-sphere/peoples-republic-bulgaria/bulgarian-titles/74816-title-distinction-honoured-worker-rail-transport.html
  21. ^ "Radom - Miasta partnerskie" [Radom - Partnership cities]. Miasto Radom [City of Radom] (in Polish). Archived from the original on 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  22. ^ "Radom - miasta partnerskie" (in Polish). radom.naszestrony.pl. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 

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