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Septemvri

Септември
Municipality
Septemvri Municipality
Coat of arms
Septemvri
Septemvri
Location in Bulgaria
Coordinates: 42°13′N 24°06′E / 42.217°N 24.100°E / 42.217; 24.100
Country Bulgaria
ProvincePazardzhik Province
Population
 (December 2009)[1]
 • Total8,422
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
Postal code
4490

Septemvri (Bulgarian: Септември, pronounced [sɛpˈtɛmvri], lit.'September') is a town in Pazardzhik Province, Southern Bulgaria, located at the western end of the Upper Thracian Lowland, 19 km (12 mi) away to the west from the city of Pazardzhik. It is the administrative centre of homonymous Septemvri Municipality. As of December 2009, the town has a population of 8,422 inhabitants.[1]

History

Four Thracian mounds[citation needed] and traces of two ancient cities - Greek[2] Pistiros and a Roman town that lies on Trayan's Drum were discovered near the town. It has succeeded as an old Bulgarian settlement, which was destroyed in the late 14th century during the Ottoman onslaught. The town was rebuilt at the end of the 15th century under the Turkish name of Sara Khan bey, and carried this name until 1949.

Septemvri developed into a typical railway town following the construction of the HaskovoBelovo railway line in 1873. The scenic Septemvri-Dobrinishte narrow gauge line to the Rhodopi mountain town of Dobrinishte over Bansko was constructed in 1945.

In 2011 a couple of gun-ballers cycled from Oxford to Septemvri.

References

  1. ^ a b (in English) Bulgarian National Statistical Institute - towns in 2009
  2. ^ Readings in Greek History: Sources and Interpretations by D. Brendan Nagle and Stanley M. Burstein, 2006, page 232: A GREEK TRADING POST IN THRACE"... Maronea, Apollonia, and Thasos living in the trading post of Pistiros. ...

Coordinates: 42°13′N 24°06′E / 42.217°N 24.100°E / 42.217; 24.100