Sevlievo

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Sevlievo
Севлиево
The central square of Sevlievo with Arnoldo Zocchi's Statue of Liberty.
The central square of Sevlievo with Arnoldo Zocchi's Statue of Liberty.
Coat of arms of Sevlievo
Coat of arms
Sevlievo is located in Bulgaria
Sevlievo
Sevlievo
Location of Sevlievo
Coordinates: 43°1′32″N 25°6′48″E / 43.02556°N 25.11333°E / 43.02556; 25.11333Coordinates: 43°1′32″N 25°6′48″E / 43.02556°N 25.11333°E / 43.02556; 25.11333
Country Bulgaria
Province
(Oblast)
Gabrovo
Area
 • Total 47.244 km2 (18.241 sq mi)
Elevation 230 m (750 ft)
Population (2009-12-31)[1][2][3]
 • Total 24,065
 • Density 510/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 5400
Area code(s) 0675
Website Official website

Sevlievo (Bulgarian: Севлиево) is a town in north-central Bulgaria, part of Gabrovo Province. Sevlievo is known as one of the wealthiest towns in Bulgaria owing to the well developed local economy, high employment rate and major foreign investments, such as the American Standard Companies factory. It is the administrative centre of the homonymous Sevlievo Municipality.

In 2009, the population of the town was 24,065.[1][2][3]

History[edit]

The earliest traces of occupation in the region date back to the late Neolithic period (around the 8th century BC). Some Thracian tombs still survive. Hotalich Fortress is the last medieval town. It had been inhabited for more than 1,000 years and functioned as an important defensive center. Hotalich existed for centuries together with the settlement on the site of the contemporary town, known as Servi and Selvi.

Sevlievo town hall

In the middle of the 19th century, the development of crafts led to the concentration of large sums of money in the crafts' societies. Commercial trips across the Ottoman Empire, Europe and Russia enriched general knowledge.

In 1834 St Prophet Eliah Church was restored and in 1836 the medieval Batoshevo Monastery was rebuilt. In the mid-1850s, Kolyu Ficheto, a prominent master of the Bulgarian National Revival period, built the stone bridge over the Rositsa River. In 1844 the famous wealthy craftsman and merchant, Hadzhi Stoyan Nikolov, invested his own money in the building of a huge school.

In 1870, under the direct guidance of Vasil Levski, known as the "Apostle of Freedom", a revolutionary committee was created. It prepared the population of Sevlievo for the April Uprising in 1876. The Bulgarians from this region took an active part in the uprising.

Ottoman occupation of the town ended 2 July 1877. As a major cultural institute, the local community center has existed for 127 years. The Mara Belcheva House of Culture became the new center of cultural events.

Climate[edit]

Sevlievo has a temperate climate with cold winters and hot summers.

Climate data for Sevlievo, Bulgaria
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 20.5
(68.9)
22.6
(72.7)
32.6
(90.7)
32.9
(91.2)
36
(97)
37.8
(100)
40.5
(104.9)
41.3
(106.3)
41.7
(107.1)
38
(100)
27.2
(81)
21.7
(71.1)
41.7
(107.1)
Average high °C (°F) 3.9
(39)
6.8
(44.2)
11.5
(52.7)
17.8
(64)
22.6
(72.7)
26.4
(79.5)
29.1
(84.4)
29.4
(84.9)
25.4
(77.7)
18.8
(65.8)
11.9
(53.4)
4.8
(40.6)
17.4
(63.3)
Daily mean °C (°F) −0.5
(31.1)
2.4
(36.3)
5.9
(42.6)
12.4
(54.3)
16.5
(61.7)
20.6
(69.1)
23.2
(73.8)
23.1
(73.6)
18.1
(64.6)
12.4
(54.3)
7.1
(44.8)
2.1
(35.8)
11.6
(52.9)
Average low °C (°F) −4.6
(23.7)
−3.4
(25.9)
0.2
(32.4)
4.5
(40.1)
10.1
(50.2)
13.1
(55.6)
15.6
(60.1)
15.3
(59.5)
11.2
(52.2)
6.2
(43.2)
2.8
(37)
−2.7
(27.1)
5.7
(42.3)
Record low °C (°F) −35.4
(−31.7)
−35
(−31)
−24.3
(−11.7)
−7.5
(18.5)
−1.6
(29.1)
3.2
(37.8)
6.7
(44.1)
5
(41)
−1.8
(28.8)
−7
(19)
−13.5
(7.7)
−26.5
(−15.7)
−35.4
(−31.7)
Precipitation mm (inches) 40
(1.57)
33
(1.3)
36
(1.42)
60
(2.36)
95
(3.74)
100
(3.94)
79
(3.11)
56
(2.2)
41
(1.61)
44
(1.73)
43
(1.69)
41
(1.61)
668
(26.3)
Source: Stringmeteo.com

Population[edit]

Sevlievo
Year 1946 1956 1965 1975 1985 1992 2001 2005 2007 2009
Population 9 827 14 381 20 423 24 429 26 440 25 494 24 775 24 448 24 258 24 065
Sources: National Statistical Institute,[1] „Citypopulation.de“[2] „Pop-stat.mashke.org“[3]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Sevlievo is twinned with:

See also[edit]

Sevlievo Plaza hotel
Sevlievo motorcycle track

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Original source[edit]

  • Guide-bulgaria.com ("All text from Guide-Bulgaria.com is available for reproduction at external web sites if link to Guide-Bulgaria.com is added.") The article has been edited from the source version.