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The district is situated in the South-Western part of Bulgaria and borders Greece, Macedonia, and four other districts. 
The area of the district is 6449 sq. km. It is the third largest in Bulgaria after Burgas and Sofia districts and comprises 5.8 % of the country’s territory.


The population is 343 370 people or 4, 3% of the whole population of the country. That puts the region of Blagoevgrad in the sixth place by a number of populations in Bulgaria.
    Administratively the region of Blagoevgrad is divided into 14 municipalities, 96 city-halls and 280 settlements.


The climate varies from temperate continental to Mediterranean in the southernmost parts. 



The administrative center of the region is the town of Blagoevgrad, where two universities are situated - the Southwest University “Neofit Rilski” and the American University in Bulgaria, where 19000 students study their education.


The region is characterized with diversified economic branch structure: food and tobacco processing industries, agriculture, tourism, transport and communications, textile industry, timber and furniture industries, iron processing and machinery industry, construction materials industry, as well as pharmaceuticals, plastics, paper and shoes production. Approximately 10% of the population is unemployed (close to the national average). There are 4 major hospitals in the province.
With its railway line and road connection, the region forms the heart of the land-based trading route between northern Greece, Bulgaria and Romania. Since the early 2000s the province enjoys a mini boom in trade from thousands Greek day-trippers from across the border, purchasing cheaper goods and services (dental, opticians, etc.). Since the early 1990s, the region has also attracted Greek manufacturers who moved their production line from Greece, especially to Petrich. It was an important tourist destination during the communist years for East Germans and is slowly picking up again. The unique town of Melnik was once a wealthy centre built on the back of exiled phanariots from Constantinople. Now it is a centre for wine production and offers eco-tourism.


The world famous ensemble for folk songs and dances “Pirin” carries out creative activity in Blagoevgrad. A fair for folk art “Pirin sings” is organized on the Predela place in the course of 4 years, which is a brilliant manifestation of the rich folklore and ethnographic inheritance of the Pirin parts.
    The palette of cultural activities that the municipalities arrange is very rich. Some of the most famous are “The international mummer festival” in the town of Razlog, The international folklore festival “Maleshevo sings and dances”  in the village of Strumiani, The children’s festival for folk songs and dances  in the town of Kresna, The fair of Nevrocop in the town of Goce Delchev, The international festival “Pirin folk”  in the town of Sandanski, The  international festival “Macedonia folk”  in the town of Blagoevgrad, The feasts of the traditions in Bansko, The national festival of the old town song “The Gold chestnut”  in the town of Petrich.
    All this contribute to the approval of the region of Blagoevgrad as a significant, economical, scientific and spiritual center of the Republic of Bulgaria.


The National Parks Rila and Pirin in conjunction with the ten nature reserves – Parangalitca, Bayovi dupki, Djindjiritca, Yuolen, Oreliak in Pirin mountain, Sokolata in Maleshevska mountain, Kongoro in Belasitca mountain, Alibutush in Slavianka mountain, Temnata gora and Konski dol in Rodopi mountain ensure protection of a great number of natural species.There are 290 protected animals, 280 of which are mammals. The protected plants are 84.
    There are 346 739 hectares forest fond on the territory of the region. This is 58% of the whole territory of the region and 10% of the forests in the whole country.
    The biggest center for re-adaptation of dancing bears is situated in the town of Belitca. This is a joint project of two of the biggest nature protecting foundations in Europe – “Four paws” and “Brigit Bardot”.

    The mountains Rila and Pirin have well developed tourist infrastructure. There are many resorts that offer very good conditions of resting. Some of the famous resorts are Bansko, Razlog, Blagoevgrad, Sandanski, etc.
    There are four frontier posts on the territory of the region of Blagoevgrad – Stanke Lisichkovo and Zlatarevo are on the border between Bulgaria and Macedonia, Kulata and Ilinden are on the border between Bulgaria and Greece. One of the tenth international transport corridors – ITC 4 passes through the region


    The region of Blagoevgrad has a really rich past from prehistoric times to nowadays. The antiquity is marked with a Roman town /I – IIIc/ underneath the present  town of Sandanski – the town of Nein /I-IIIc./ near the village of Dolna Gradeshnitca, the municipality of Kresna, a Roman town /IV-VIc./ in Rupite place near the town of Petrich and Nikopolis ad Nestum /I-VIc./, Garmen municipality. There are many clear traces of the ancient Thracians, Romans and Greeks.
    The Middle Ages is rich illustrated in the smallest town in Bulgaria – Melnik, which is also a historical and architectural reserve. The Rojen monastery and the church St. Theodor Tiron in Dobursko village are the most preserved Christian monuments form that time. Near the town of Petrich there are remains of the Samuil fortress, which was build up in the end of the First Bulgarian kingdom. The architectural reserves Kovachevitca and Dolen are very well preserved.
    The Renaissance had left clear traces on the territory of the region with the development of the crafts and the rich net of culture-educating centers.
    The forefather of the Bulgarian Renaissance Paisii Hilendarski was born in Bansko. The town of Blagoevgrad is the native town of the Apostle of April rising – Georgi Izmirliev – Makedoncheto. The world famous poet Nikola Vaptcarov was also born in Bansko.

Military monuments

Областната комисия „Военни паметници”  състави регистър и картотека на военните паметници в област Благоевград.
Комисията, със съдействието на Регионалния исторически музей Благоевград и ор.полк. Гергинов, картотекира 116 паметника на територията на област Благоевград. Регистърът включва описание на паметниците, по общини и населени места, както и подробен снимков материал от 245 фотографии.
Добринище: Паметник на незнайния войн (уточнено - Иван Маринкин, Самоковско)  Левуново: Чешма – паметник на загиналите от Втора Българска армия в Междусъюзническата война  Петрич: Паметник на загиналите за Родината 1912-1918, 1944  Самоилово:  Паметник в чест на войните от Първата световна война Гоце Делчев: Паметник на загиналите през войните

Целта на Областната комисия „Военни паметници” е да взаимодейства ефективно с институциите, органите за местно самоуправление, както и с обществените организации и сдружения за реализиране на ефективна държавна политика за издирване, проучване, картотекиране, опазване, поддържане, възстановяване и изграждане на военните паметници.


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