Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Pazardzhik - Bulgarian Town

The population of Pazardzhik is roughly 82,000

Pazardzhik was founded in 1485 as a market settlement and is situated not far from Plovdiv on the banks of the Maritza river. While being a town younger in age Pazardzhik has been the administrative centre for the region since the early 19th century.

Pazardzhik has 2 very important landmarks which set this town apart from most in the region, one is the clock tower that is seen as a symbol of Pazardzhik and another is the church of Theotokos that was built in 1837. The church of Theotokos is a national monument and has been made famous by it's woodcarving and architecture. Today the church preserves icons by the master artists of Bulgaria of new and old testaments including those by Stanislav Dospevski

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