Topolovgrad

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Topolovgrad
Тополовград
Coat of arms of Topolovgrad
Coat of arms
Topolovgrad is located in Bulgaria
Topolovgrad
Topolovgrad
Location of Topolovgrad
Coordinates: 42°5′N 26°20′E / 42.083°N 26.333°E / 42.083; 26.333Coordinates: 42°5′N 26°20′E / 42.083°N 26.333°E / 42.083; 26.333
Country Bulgaria
Provinces
(Oblast)
Haskovo
Government
 • Mayor Evtimiya Karacholova
Elevation 311 m (1,020 ft)
Population (01.02.2011)
 • Total 5,588
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 6560
Area code(s) 0470

Topòlovgrad (Bulgarian: Тополовград, "town of poplars") is a town in south-central Bulgaria, part of Haskovo Province, situated at the northern foot of the Sakar Mountain. It is the administrative centre of the homonymous Topolovgrad Municipality. According to the 2011 census, the town has a population of 5588 inhabitants.[1]

Name[edit]

Until 1934 the town was known as Kavakli, a name deriving from the Turkish word kavak, "poplar", under this name it was also known by its Greek inhabitants.

History[edit]

Topolovgrad and the surrounding area have been inhabited since ancient times, as evidenced by the dolmens found at Hlyabovo and the Paleokastro fortress that may have been built by the Thracians.[citation needed]

Until early 20th century, the town was predominantly inhabited by Greeks (96 percent) and hosted Greek schools and churches. Although a Greek majority town, after 1906, the Bulgarian government appointed the first Bulgarian mayor.[2] From 1906 to 1925, about 4,000 Greeks left the town and its surroundings and settled in Greek Macedonia. They were replaced by groups of Bulgarian refugees from Western Thrace, Eastern Thrace, Asia Minor and Macedonia.

People[edit]

  • Krum Krumov - writer and philologist
  • Delko Karadelkov - chairman, Bulgarian Journalists' Union, 1976
  • Evelin Banev "Brendo" - self-made businessman, wrestler

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