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Tundzha, Tunca
The Tunca River at Edirne, Turkey
Country Bulgaria, Turkey
Physical characteristics
Main source east of Botev Peak, Stara Planina, Bulgaria
1,940 m (6,360 ft)
42°43′40″N 24°58′10″E / 42.72778°N 24.96944°E / 42.72778; 24.96944
River mouth Maritsa at Edirne, Turkey
41°39′42″N 26°33′44″E / 41.6616°N 26.5622°E / 41.6616; 26.5622 (Tundzha River mouth)Coordinates: 41°39′42″N 26°33′44″E / 41.6616°N 26.5622°E / 41.6616; 26.5622 (Tundzha River mouth)
Length ca. 365 km (227 mi) (328.4 km (204.1 mi) in Bulgaria)[1]
Basin features
Progression MaritsaAegean Sea
Basin size ca. 8,430 km2 (3,250 sq mi) (7,891 km2 (3,047 sq mi) in Bulgaria)[1]

The Tundzha (Bulgarian: Тунджа, Turkish: Tunca, Greek: Τόνζος) is a river in Bulgaria and Turkey and the most significant tributary of the Maritsa, emptying into it on Turkish territory near Edirne.

The river takes its source from the central parts of Stara Planina north of Kalofer, it then flows east and makes a sharp turn to the south before Yambol, in which direction it flows until it reaches the Maritsa. The Tundzha's length is about 365 km, of which 328 km on Bulgarian territory (including border). It has about 50 tributaries, the more important of which Mochuritsa, Popovska and Sinapovska.

Towns on the banks of the river include Kalofer, Yambol and Elhovo.


Tundzha Glacier on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica is named after Tundzha River.


Pictures of Tundzha River in Yambol:

Tundzha River in Yambol, Bulgaria - The Bridge that connects former Mineral Public Bath and Hotel Tundzha with the City Park
Tundzha River in Yambol, Bulgaria - near the City Stadium and the City Park

Pictures of Tundzha River near Elhovo: