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Settlements: Pavlikeni

The town of Pavlikeni (about 14 000 inhabitants, 115 metres above sea level) is situated in the central part of the Danubian Plain, at a distance of about 4 km north of the Rositsa River. It 230 km north-east of Sofia, 43 km north-west of Veliko Turnovo, 22 km south-east of Levski, about 40 km north-east of Sevlievo and about 50 km south-west of Byala.

History: Emigrant Paulicians who had come from Southern Bulgaria during the Middle Ages founded the town. They were followers of a religious heresy, which originated in Western Armenia during the 7th century. The settlement figured under the name of Bavlikian or Pavlikian in documents of 1430. During the Liberation (1878) it was a small village. After the building up of the railway line SofiaVarna (1899) it developed as a handicraft and trade settlement. In 1943 it was proclaimed a town. Part of the population of the town professes the Catholic religion.

Landmarks: The Art Gallery (in the central part of the town, 1, Bacho Kiro Street, tel.: 0610 7149). The Zoo (in the southern end of the town, 75, 3rd March Blvd., tel.: 0610 2415). The monument to those who perished in the wars.

Accommodation: The Poltava Hotel (in the centre of the town, 2, Svoboda Square). There are nice public catering establishments, too, which offer typical Bulgarian cuisine. One of them is the Strandzhata Restaurant (1, Al. Stamboliiski Street, working hours: 6.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m.).

Tourist information: at the hotel or in the town-hall (4, Ruski Blvd., tel.: 0610 3580, 6195, 3526).

Transport: Bus and railway transport links the town. There are regular bus lines to Veliko Turnovo, Lovech, Pleven, Sevlievo, Levski, Polski Trumbezh, Suhindol, Byala Cherkva and other smaller settlements within the region. The bus station (32, 3rd March Blvd, tel.: 0610 4064, 4041) and the railway station (tel.: 0610 3433, 3033, 3071) are next to each other and they are situated in the southwestern part of Pavlikeni. The town is a station at the main railway line Sofia Gorna Oryahovitsa - Varna (Rousse).

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