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View of central Isperih
View of central Isperih
Coat of arms of Isperih
Isperih is located in Bulgaria
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
 • MayorBeysim Rufat
241 m (791 ft)
 (31 December 2009)[1]
 • City9,017
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal Code
Area code(s)08331

Isperih (Bulgarian: Исперих [ispɛˈrix]; 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 eponymous Isperih Municipality. As of December 2009, the town has a population of 9,017 inhabitants.[1]

Isperih was called Kemallar 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.

St George's Monument dedicated to Bulgarian soldiers

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]

American murder victim Senicha Lessman was originally from Isperih.


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