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Gabrovo(gäbrô`vô), town (1993 pop. 75,999), N central Bulgaria, in the foothills of the Balkan Mts. It is Bulgaria's chief textile center, producing clothes, leather goods, and textile machinery. The town developed as a strategic point on the northern approaches to Shipka Pass and now stands on a highway running through the pass.
a city in Bulgaria. Located on the northern slopes of the Stara Planina (Balkan Mountains), near Shipka Pass, on both sides of the lantra River. Administrative center of Gabrovo District. Population, 70,000 (1970).
Gabrovo is an important center of light industry (textile, leather-goods, and footwear enterprises) and machine building (textile machinery, metal-cutting machine tools, instruments, and electrical telphers). The food and furniture indus-tries are also represented, as well as tourism (hiking trips to the Stara Planina, Shipka Pass, and so on). Fruit orchards and forests are located in the city’s environs. National comedy festivals are held annually in Gabrovo.