Vratsa

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Vratsa

(vrä`tsä), city (1993 pop. 76,947), NW Bulgaria, in the picturesque foothills of the Balkan Mts. It is a commercial and crafts center and a railway junction. Vratsa has textile, metal processing, building materials, and food processing industries. It was an administrative and garrison town under Ottoman Turkish rule (15th–19th cent.).
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Vratsa

 

a city in northwestern Bulgaria, in the northern foothills of the Stara Planina (Balkan Mountains). Administrative center of the Vratsa district. Population, 48,000 (1969). It is a transportation junction. On the basis of local raw materials, the gas and cement industries are developing near Vratsa. A large-scale combine operates in Vratsa producing nitrogen fertilizers using the gas of the Chiren field. Vratsa also has a textile industry (cotton, silk, and hemp products), food and wood-processing enterprises, and machine building. In the center of Vratsa there is a monument to the poet-revolutionary Kristo Botev, who was killed near the city. The karstic Ledenica Cavern is in the Vratsa area.

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