Bistritsa, Sofia

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Coordinates: 42°35′10″N 23°21′36″E / 42.58611°N 23.36000°E / 42.58611; 23.36000Bistritsa or Bistrica (Bulgarian: Бистрица) is a large village in the Pancharevo municipality, located at 15 km to the south of the capital Sofia. As of 2006 it has 4,004 inhabitants.

View from the tourist path between Bistritsa and Zheleznitsa

Bistritsa is among the oldest villages in the areas around Vitosha. Its name was marked in maps of the Second Bulgarian Empire as a fortress. There is a Medieval monastery which was destroyed by the Ottoman army in 1393-1396. Between 1936 and 1946 the church of the monastery was rebuilt. During these works a Medieval grave has been excavated. It had been robbed and the only discovery was a copper coin from Emperor Ivan Shishman (1371-1395).

There is a chitalishte "St Tsar Boris" from 1909.

Bistritsa is home to the famous "Bistritsa Grannies" a folklore ensemble consisting of elderly women, their daughters and granddaughters, who have been classified as "living treasures" by UNESCO.