Berkovitsa

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Berkovitsa
Berkovitsa is located in Bulgaria
Berkovitsa
Berkovitsa
Location of Berkovitsa
Coordinates: 43°14′N 23°7′E / 43.233°N 23.117°E / 43.233; 23.117Coordinates: 43°14′N 23°7′E / 43.233°N 23.117°E / 43.233; 23.117
Country Bulgaria
Province
(Oblast)
Montana
Government
 • Mayor Dimitranka Kamenova
Elevation 371 m (1,217 ft)
Population (01.02.2011)[1]
 • Total 13,463
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 3500
Area code(s) 0953

Berkovitsa (Bulgarian: Берковица) is a town and ski resort in northwestern Bulgaria. It is the administrative centre of the homonymous Berkovitsa Municipality, Montana Province and is close to the town of Varshets. As of December 2009, it has a population of 13,917 inhabitants.[1]

Berkovitsa is situated on the northern slope of Kom Peak of the Berkovska Stara Planina Mountain along the valley of the Berkovitsa River, which is a tributary to the Barziya River, at an altitude above sea level 405 m. The town was mentioned for the first time in Ottoman documents of 1488 (see Nicoara Beldiceanu, Les actes des premiers sultans conservés dans les manuscrits Turcs de la Bibliothèque Nationale a Paris, II, Paris, La Haye, 1964, p. 218, nota 2). It is the successor of an old fortified settlement on the way from Sofia to Lom.

The remains of a fortress and a church were discovered at the Kaleto elevation west of the town. The settlement was known as early as the reign of King Kaloyan, and was mentioned as a border settlement in the period of the Vidin Kingdom.

Berkovitsa Glacier on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica is named for Berkovitsa.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Berkovitsa is twinned with:

Notable natives[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]