Iskar (town)

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Iskar
Искър
Iskar is located in Bulgaria
Iskar
Iskar
Location of Iskar
Coordinates: 43°27′N 24°16′E / 43.450°N 24.267°E / 43.450; 24.267
Country Bulgaria
Provinces
(Oblast)
Pleven
Government
 • Mayor Stefan Todorov
Elevation 250 m (820 ft)
Population (December 2009)[1]
 • Total 3,622
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 5868
Area code(s) 06516

Iskar (Bulgarian: Искър, [ˈiskər]; also transliterated as Iskur or Iskǎr; former name Pelovo) is a town in central northern Bulgaria, part of Pleven Province. It is the administrative centre of Iskar Municipality, which lies in the western part of the Province. The town of Iskar is located in the central Danubian Plain, near the Iskar River, 18 kilometres from Knezha and 32 kilometres from the provincial capital of Pleven. As of December 2009, the town has a population of 3,622 inhabitants.[1]

According to the tradition, Iskar was founded in the early 17th century as a hamlet of around 20 houses near the river. It was known as Mahalata, Gorum Mahala and Pisarevska Mahala. A private school was opened in 1829 and the church of Saint Demetrius with a religious school was built in 1837. Vasil Levski founded a secret revolutionary committee in the village in 1872. Following the Liberation of Bulgaria, a new school was built in 1897, with an additional storey added in 1924; the modern school building was inaugurated in 1999.

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Coordinates: 43°27′N 24°16′E / 43.450°N 24.267°E / 43.450; 24.267