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Svoge

Svoge

Своге
Town
View from the "Three Pines" area
View from the "Three Pines" area
Coat of arms of Svoge
Coat of arms
Svoge is located in Bulgaria
Svoge
Svoge
Location of Svoge within Bulgaria
Coordinates: 42°58′N 23°21′E / 42.967°N 23.350°E / 42.967; 23.350
CountryBulgaria
ProvinceSofia
MunicipalitySvoge
Government
 • MayorEmil Ivanov
Area
 • Total21,932 km2 (8,468 sq mi)
Elevation
679 m (2,228 ft)
Population
 (2015)
 • Total8,258
 • Density0.38/km2 (0.98/sq mi)

Svoge (Bulgarian: Своге, read & pronounced "Svogé") is a town in western Bulgaria, part of Sofia Province. It is located in the gorge of the Iskar River, at the place where the mountains Mala planina, Golema planina and Ponor meet, 40 km north of the capital Sofia. Svoge is the main town of the Svoge Municipality which is one of the largest municipalities in Bulgaria and includes also 37 villages & the town of Svoge itself. By Decree No. 546 of the Presidium of the National Assembly in 7 September 1964 Svoge was declared as a city[1].

Etymology

Svoge's name comes from the Bulgarian word svod (свод), meaning "vault, arch", due to the town's location as a vault where the rivers Iskar and Iskretska meet. In the local vernacular, svod got transformed to svoge.

Honour

Svoge Central Square
Svoge Central Street - Tsar Kaloyan

Svoge Knoll on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica is named after Svoge.

References

  1. ^ www.prokarstterra.bas.bg, География, 3/2009.