Chelopech

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Chelopech
Skyline of Chelopech
Coat of arms of Chelopech
Coat of arms
Chelopech is located in Bulgaria
Chelopech
Chelopech
Chelopech (Bulgaria)
Coordinates: 42°42′N 24°5′E / 42.700°N 24.083°E / 42.700; 24.083
Country  Bulgaria
Province Sofia
Government
 • Mayor Aleksi Kesiakov
Elevation 705 m (2,313 ft)
Population (15 December 2007)[1]
 • Total 1,767
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Area code(s) 07185

Chelopech (Bulgarian: Челопеч) is a village in the western part of Bulgaria. It is the only village in the Chelopech Municipality, Sofia Province.

Geographical outline[edit]

The major railroad connecting Sofia and Burgas passes through the village.

History[edit]

The history of the village dates back to antiquity, which is proved by the remains, discovered on its territory - the "Ginova Mogila", "Gradishte", etc. The name of the village is first mentioned in a preserved Turkish document which dates back to the year 1430. It was designated an independent municipality on 15 August 1991.[2]

Chelopech Hill on Trinity Peninsula in Antarctica is named after the village.[3]

Cultural and natural resources[edit]

The St. Nikolas the Wonderworker Church was built in 1835. The Municipality is in charge of the Murgana challet, located at 1,350 metres (4,430 ft) above sea level at the foot of the Mourgana Peak in the Balkan Mountains.

Industry[edit]

Dundee Precious Metals Inc. Building in Chelopech

Copper mining is the main branch of the local producing structure. Chelopech is the biggest and richest copper-gold-pyrites deposit in Europe, which is one of the reasons for the stable economic situation in the region.

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Coordinates: 42°42′N 24°05′E / 42.700°N 24.083°E / 42.700; 24.083