Madan, Smolyan Province

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Madan, Bulgaria
Madan, Bulgaria is located in Bulgaria
Madan, Bulgaria
Madan, Bulgaria
Location of Madan, Bulgaria
Coordinates: 41°30′N 24°57′E / 41.500°N 24.950°E / 41.500; 24.950Coordinates: 41°30′N 24°57′E / 41.500°N 24.950°E / 41.500; 24.950
Country Bulgaria
Provinces
(Oblast)
Smolyan
Government
 • Mayor Fahri Molaysenov
Elevation 851 m (2,792 ft)
Population (2011-02-28)[1]
 • Total 5,793
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 4900
Area code(s) 0308

Madan (Bulgarian: Мадан) is a town in Smolyan Province, the very south of Bulgaria in the Yellow Share of the Rhodope Mountains. It is the administrative centre of the homonymous Madan Municipality. As of December 2009, the town has a population of 6,007 inhabitants.[1]

Geography[edit]

Houses in Madan

Madan is a part of Ardino Ridge, sloping down to the northeast between the rivers Arda and Varbitsa. In the central part of the Yellow Share rise the peaks Buchovitsa (1404 m), Veternitsa (1372 m) and Petrovitsa (1309 m).

The end of the ridge is Alada Peak (1241 m). From all sides the Yellow Share is separated by mountain-spurs, whose segmentations gradually slope down and vanish into the valleys of the rivers. The river system of the region is presented by the basins of the upper reaches of some of the longer rivers – to the north the basin of the Arda River with the headers Elhovska and Chepinska Rivers.

History and population[edit]

Madan is an ancient ore-miners' settlement, the extraction of lead ore having begun around 5th-4th century BC.

Most of the town's population consists of local Muslim Bulgarians due to the Ottoman invasion of the late 14th century with a minority of Eastern Orthodox Bulgarians.

Honour[edit]

Madan Saddle on Smith Island, South Shetland Islands is named after Madan.

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