Yantra (river)

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Yantra (Янтра)
The Yantra running through Veliko Tarnovo
Physical characteristics
Main sourceCentral Stara Planina, Bulgaria
1,340 m (4,400 ft)
River mouthDanube, close to Svishtov
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
Length222 km (138 mi)[1]
Basin features
ProgressionDanubeBlack Sea
Basin size7,862 km2 (3,036 sq mi)[1]

The Yantra (Bulgarian: Я̀нтра) is a river in northern Bulgaria, a right tributary of the Danube. It is 222 km (138 mi) long (the second longest Bulgarian tributary of the Danube, after Iskar) 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.