Dospat

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Dospat
Доспат
Skyline of Dospat
Coat of arms of Dospat
Coat of arms
Dospat is located in Bulgaria
Dospat
Dospat
Location of Dospat
Coordinates: 41°39′N 24°10′E / 41.650°N 24.167°E / 41.650; 24.167Coordinates: 41°39′N 24°10′E / 41.650°N 24.167°E / 41.650; 24.167
CountryBulgaria
Provinces
(Oblast)
Smolyan
Government[1]
 • MayorAntim Parjanov (CEDB)
Area
 • City69.196 km2 (26.717 sq mi)
Elevation1,358 m (4,455 ft)
Population (2010-12-15)[2]
 • City2,425
 • Urban9,116
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal Code4830
Area code(s)03045, +359-3045
Car platesCM

Dospat (Bulgarian: Доспат) is a town in the very south of Bulgaria, part of Smolyan Province, situated in the Rhodope Mountains, close to Dospat Dam. It is the administrative centre of the homonymous Dospat Municipality. As of December 2010, the town has a population of 2,425 inhabitants[2] who are mainly Bulgarian Muslims.

The town was probably founded by Despot Alexius Slav in the 12th or 13th century, from whose title (despot) its name is very likely derived. Dospat Dam is the highest dam in Bulgaria by altitude and, with its 22 km² of water area, the second largest in capacity. It is fed by the River Dospat. At the bottom of the lake is a former German military airport from the Second World War.

Honour[edit]

Dospat Peak on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica is named after Dospat.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-03. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
  2. ^ a b http://www.grao.bg/tna/tadr-2010.txt

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