Bolhrad ( Ukrainian: Болград ; Bolhrad Bulgarian and Russian: Болград ; Bolgrad Romanian: ), sometimes known as Bolgrad Bolgrad, is a small city in Odessa Oblast ( province) of southwestern Ukraine, in the historical region of Budjak. It is the administrative center of Bolhrad Raion ( district).
Bolhrad's population was estimated at 15,479 in 2011.
History [ edit ]
Bolhrad was founded in 1821 by
Bulgarian settlers in Bessarabia, under the direction of General Ivan Inzov who is "revered" by Bolhrad residents as the "Founder of Our City." Bolhrad became part of [1 ] Moldavia from 1856 to 1859, Romania from 1859 to 1878, 1918 to 1940, and 1941 to 1944, before being incorporated into the USSR (in the territory of the Ukrainian SSR), and later independent Ukraine.
Demographics [ edit ]
The surrounding Bolhradsky district is predominantly populated by ethnic Bulgarians (a majority of 61%). Bolhrad itself is inhabited by a large number of
Bessarabian Bulgarians and is considered by locals to be the unofficial capital of the Bessarabian historic district of Budjak.
Economy [ edit ]
As of 1920, Bolhrad had a
coal industry. [2 ]
Education [ edit ]
Georgi Sava Rakovski Bolhrad High School founded in 1858 is the oldest high school of the Bulgarian National Revival. [3 ] [4 ]
Notable residents [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
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^ Куемжи, Мария, Болградский Историко-Этнографический Музей (Bolhrad, Odes'ka Oblast, Ukraine; Фонд им. И.Н. Инзова, 2007)
^ Kaba, John (1919). . United States: American Relief Administration. p. 27. Politico-economic Review of Basarabia
^ Манолова, Надя; Красимира Табакова (2008). "150 години Болградска гимназия" (in Bulgarian). Държавна агенция за българите в чужбина . Retrieved . 2009-10-19
^ "Болградска гимназия „Свети свети Кирил и Методий“". Българска енциклопедия А-Я (in Bulgarian). БАН, Труд, Сирма. 2002. ISBN 954-8104-08-3. OCLC 163361648.
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