Petrich

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Petrich
Петрич
Petrich is located in Bulgaria
Petrich
Location of Petrich
Coordinates: 41°24′N 23°13′E / 41.400°N 23.217°E / 41.400; 23.217Coordinates: 41°24′N 23°13′E / 41.400°N 23.217°E / 41.400; 23.217
CountryBulgaria
Province
(Oblast)
Blagoevgrad
Government
 • MayorVelyo Iliev
Area
 • Total80.421 km2 (31.051 sq mi)
Elevation168 m (551 ft)
Population (2009-12-31)
 • Total29,920
 • Density370/km2 (960/sq mi)
Time zoneEET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST)EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code2850
Area code(s)0745
WebsiteOfficial website
 
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Petrich
Петрич
Petrich is located in Bulgaria
Petrich
Location of Petrich
Coordinates: 41°24′N 23°13′E / 41.400°N 23.217°E / 41.400; 23.217Coordinates: 41°24′N 23°13′E / 41.400°N 23.217°E / 41.400; 23.217
CountryBulgaria
Province
(Oblast)
Blagoevgrad
Government
 • MayorVelyo Iliev
Area
 • Total80.421 km2 (31.051 sq mi)
Elevation168 m (551 ft)
Population (2009-12-31)
 • Total29,920
 • Density370/km2 (960/sq mi)
Time zoneEET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST)EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code2850
Area code(s)0745
WebsiteOfficial website

Petrich (Bulgarian: Петрич) is a town in Blagoevgrad Province in southwestern Bulgaria, located at the foot of the Belasica Mountains in the Strumeshnitsa Valley. As of 31 December 2009 (2009-12-31), the town has 29920 inhabitants.[1]

Petrich is located close to the borders with Greece and the Republic of Macedonia. The crossing into Macedonia is known as Novo Selo-Petrich, as the first settlement across the border is Novo Selo.

Petrich Peak on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica is named for Petrich.

History[edit]

World War I memorial

Petrich was included in the territory of the Bulgarian State during the reign of Knyaz Boris I (852-889). During the Middle Ages it was a Bulgarian fortress of importance during Tsar Samuil's wars (997-1014) with Byzantium. During Ottoman rule, it was initially part of the Serez sanjak of the Rumeli vilayet. After that it became a kaza of the Serez sanjak in the Selanik vilayet. From 19 January 1892 Petrich and its district were included in the Bulgarian Exarchate, before being included in Bulgaria following the Balkan Wars in 1912-13. The Greek army attempted to capture the town in 1925 but was stopped at the outskirts; this event is known as the Incident at Petrich.

Economy[edit]

The town is an agricultural centre for fruit, vegetables and tobacco. It has two factories, making water level detectors and details for cranes.

Municipality[edit]

Petrich is also the name of a municipality that is part of Blagoevgrad Province, of which Petrich town is the administrative seat. The municipality includes the following 55 settlements:

Broadcasting station[edit]

There is a 500 kW mediumwave broadcasting station working on 747 kHz. It uses as antenna a 205 metre tall guyed mast insulated with an additional cage antenna. This mast was built in 1977.

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