Isperih

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Isperih
Исперих
View of central Isperih
View of central Isperih
Coat of arms of Isperih
Coat of arms
Isperih is located in Bulgaria
Isperih
Isperih
Location of Isperih
Coordinates: 43°43′N 26°50′E / 43.717°N 26.833°E / 43.717; 26.833Coordinates: 43°43′N 26°50′E / 43.717°N 26.833°E / 43.717; 26.833
Country Bulgaria
Province
(Oblast)
Razgrad
Government
 • Mayor Adil Reshidov
Elevation 241 m (791 ft)
Population (31 December 2009)[1]
 • Total 9,017
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 7400
Area code(s) 08331
St George's Monument dedicated to Bulgarian soldiers

Isperih (Bulgarian: Исперих; Turkish: Kemallar) is a town in northeastern Bulgaria, part of Razgrad Province, situated in the central part of the Ludogorie region. It is the administrative centre of the homonymous Isperih Municipality. As of December 2009, the town has a population of 9,017 inhabitants.[1]

Isperih was called Kemanllar during the Ottoman rule of Bulgaria and was later renamed in honour of Bulgarian khan Asparuh, whose name in Slavic was Isperih.

The town has a mixed population of Bulgarians and Turks, with an Orthodox church and a mosque being present. Isperih emerged in 1545 at the place of a medieval settlement, with the earliest known traces of human presence in the area dating from the Bronze Age. The village was first mentioned as Kemallar in an Ottoman tax register from 1573 and was renamed Isperih in 1934, becoming a town on 31 January 1960.

The Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located nearby. Another landmark in the area is the 17th-century Bektashi Demir Baba Tekke, uniting Bektashi, Sunni, Christian and pagan traditions. The oldest active windmill in the country can also be found in Isperih municipality; it was built in the early 19th century.[1][2]

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