German, Bulgaria

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German
Герман
Coordinates: 42°37′N 23°25′E / 42.617°N 23.417°E / 42.617; 23.417
Government
Elevation 639 m (2,096 ft)
Population (2007)
 • Total Increase2,197
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

German (Bulgarian: Герман [ˈɡɛrmən]) is a village in central western Bulgaria, part of the Capital Municipality of Sofia City Province, and is regarded as a suburban neighbourhood of Sofia. It lies at the foot of the Lozen Mountains, at 42°37′N 23°25′E / 42.617°N 23.417°E / 42.617; 23.417, 639 metres above sea level. As of 2007, it has a population of 2,197 and the mayor is Todor Vukov.

German is the site of the German Monastery of Saint John of Rila, allegedly founded in the 10th century and then abandoned and reconstructed several times. It features a church from 1885 with frescoes from 1886 by Samokov masters. Since 1928, it is property of the Bulgarian Zograf Monastery on Mount Athos.

Until June 2006, German had a relatively successful football team, PFC Conegliano German, who achieved promotion to the A PFG, the highest division of Bulgarian football. Upon promotion, however, they changed ownership, left German and were renamed PFC Chernomorets Burgas Sofia.

The name of the town comes from "German" of Slavic mythology or Patriarch Germanus I of Constantinople, not the country or people of Germany.

This suburb of Sofia is not to be confused with the smaller village of Dzherman (Джерман - pronounced "Jerman") near Dupnitsa in Kyustendil Province.

German Peninsula on Fallières Coast in Antarctica is named after the village.[1]

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