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Gabrovo

Габрово
Flag of Gabrovo
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Coat of arms of Gabrovo
Coat of arms
Country Bulgaria
Province
(Oblast)
Gabrovo
Area
 • City 233.817 km2 (90.277 sq mi)
Elevation
392 m (1,286 ft)
Population
 (Census February 2011)
 • City 58,950
 • Density 252.120/km2 (652.99/sq mi)
 • Urban
66,551
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal Code
5300
Area code(s) 066
Website Official website

Gabrovo (Bulgarian: Габрово) is a city in central northern Bulgaria. It is the administrative centre of Gabrovo Province.

History

People have lived in the area around Gabrovo since the Neolithic. It gained economic importance after Veliko Tarnovo became capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire in the 12th century. Craftsmanship and trade grew because Gabrovo was close to both the capital and the Balkan passes.

In the 1870s Felix Kanitz said that Gabrovo is "a big workshop" and that it is a "city that lives from the water," referring to widely used water power. The glory of the goods of Gabrovo became known throughout the Ottoman Empire, and beyond that, in Bucharest. There is still a street named "Gabroveni" in Bucharest.

Twin towns – Sister cities

Gabrovo is twinned with:

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