Yantra (river)

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Yantra (Янтра)
The Yantra running through Veliko Tarnovo
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationCentral Stara Planina, Bulgaria
 ⁃ elevation1,340 m (4,400 ft)
 ⁃ location
Danube, close to Svishtov
 ⁃ coordinates
43°38′27″N 25°34′13″E / 43.6409°N 25.5702°E / 43.6409; 25.5702Coordinates: 43°38′27″N 25°34′13″E / 43.6409°N 25.5702°E / 43.6409; 25.5702
Length285 km (177 mi)[1]
Basin size7,862 km2 (3,036 sq mi)[1]
Basin features
ProgressionDanubeBlack Sea

The Yantra (Bulgarian: Я̀нтра) is a river in northern Bulgaria, a right tributary of the Danube. It is 285 km (177 mi) long (the third longest Bulgarian tributary of the Danube, after Iskar and Osam), and has a watershed of 7,862 km2 (3,036 sq mi).[1]

The Yantra near Tsenovo, not far from its mouth

The Yantra has its source from the northern foot of Hadzhi Dimitar Peak in Central Stara Planina, at 1,340 m (4,400 ft). In its upper course, it is often called Etar (Етър), its older name. The river flows into the Danube close to Svishtov.

A special feature of the river are the many gorges it forms by crossing the Fore-Balkan area, the largest one being close to Veliko Tarnovo, 7 km (4 mi) in length, albeit actually twice as long due to the river's many turns.

Major cities on the river are Gabrovo, Veliko Tarnovo, Gorna Oryahovitsa, Polski Trambesh, and Byala, close to which is the famous bridge Belenski most over the Yantra.


Yantra Cove in Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica is named after Yantra River.