Ardino

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Ardino
Ардино
Ardino is located in Bulgaria
Ardino
Ardino
Location of Ardino
Coordinates: 41°35′N 25°8′E / 41.583°N 25.133°E / 41.583; 25.133Coordinates: 41°35′N 25°8′E / 41.583°N 25.133°E / 41.583; 25.133
Country Bulgaria
Province
(Oblast)
Kurdzhali
Government
 • Mayor Resmi Murad
Elevation 684 m (2,244 ft)
Population (15.12.2010)
 • Total 4,185
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 6750
Area code(s) 03651
Devil's bridge near to Ardino

Ardino (Bulgarian: Ардино, formerly Turkish: Eğridere, Greek: Αρντίνο) is a town in Southern Bulgaria, in the Rhodope Mountains. It is located in Kurdzhali oblast and it is also close to the town of Smolyan.

It is famous for its textile industry. It has a machine-building factory and a tobacco manufacturing industry. Tourist attractions include the Belite Brezi, the Eagle rocks and the Dyavolski most (Devil's bridge). Under Ottoman rule, Ardino, then known in Turkish as Eğridere, was a kaza centre in the Sanjak of Gümülcine in the Adrianople Vilayet before the Balkan Wars.[1] Ardino received its name in 1934[2] and was declared as a town in 1960.[3] Ardino is a birthplace of Sabahattin Ali - Turkish novelist, poet and journalist.

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