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Breznik

Breznik

Брезник
Breznik is located in Bulgaria
Breznik
Breznik
Location of Breznik
Coordinates: 42°44′N 22°53′E / 42.733°N 22.883°E / 42.733; 22.883
CountryBulgaria
Provinces
(Oblast)
Pernik
Government
 • MayorHristo Milenkov
Elevation
756 m (2,480 ft)
Population
 (2004-12-15)
 • Total4,489
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal Code
2360
Area code(s)07751

Breznik (Bulgarian: Брезник) is a town in western Bulgaria, 50 km away from Sofia. It is located in Pernik Province and is close to the towns of Bankya and Pernik. It has 4,500 inhabitants. Villages in the municipality include Dushintsi and Velkovtsi.

History

Breznik was first mentioned in the 11th-century Story of Isaiah and Bulgarian Apocryphal Chronicle as БР(Ѣ)ЗНИКЪ; it was already a city by then. The town was mentioned throughout the 15th-19th centuries, attesting its continuous existence. Its name is derived from the Bulgarian word breznik, referring to a birch forest, from the word for birch, бреза (breza). It is cognate to the Czech placename Březník.[1]

Honour

Breznik Heights on Greenwich Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica is named after Breznik.

References

  1. ^ Чолева-Димитрова, Анна М. (2002). Селищни имена от Югозападна България: Изследване. Речник (in Bulgarian). София: Пенсофт. p. 102. ISBN 954-642-168-5. OCLC 57603720.