Friday, July 07, 2006

The Maritza River

The Maritza river flows from deep in the Rila mountain which is situated in western Bulgaria. The Maritza river is 480 kilometres in length and once it has ventrued through the mountain it moves east through many Bulgarian cities and towns like Pazardzhik, Plovdiv and Svilengrad.

While meandering through Bulgaria the Maritza river forms a large focal point as it cuts through the centre of the second largest city, Plovdiv. While flowing through Plovdiv the Maritza river has many bridges running across it and also well known buildings like the Plovdiv International Fair and the four star Maritza hotel. You can usually see many fishermen on the banks of the river during most days.

The Maritza river is very important for irrigating grasslands and power production but has no use in a commercial capacity as the river cannot be navigated by boat.

Once the river has passed through Bulgaria it carries on it's journey into Turkey before finishing at the sea.

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