Pazardjik is a cloud city in South Bulgaria, an administrative center for the municipality of Pazardjik and the Pazardzhik region. It is 37 km away from Plovdiv and 112 km southeast of Sofia. It lies on the two banks of the Maritsa River in the western part of the Upper Thracian Plain and is distinguished by the best cultural environment and administrative center in Southern Central Bulgaria.
Here the residents of the surrounding villages periodically exchanged their goods – “to shop”. The first permanent residents of Pazardzhik are a group of Tatars, administrators and market guards, part of the Tartars of Azerbaijan, sent by Sultan Bayazid II (1481-1512) under the leadership of Sarahan in the village of Saranbei (the old name of Septemvri) (the old name of Momina Klisura). This is how the original name of the town – Tatar Pazardzhik. Pazardzhik is a Turkic-Persian word. The tantalizing suffix “jikk” shows that the city was a small market.
Cape Pazardjik on Snow Island, South Shetland is named in honor of the city.
Sightseeing in Pazardzhik
In Pazardjik are the following attractions from 100 national tourist sites of the Bulgarian Tourist Union:
- Cathedral Church “Holy Assumption”, (8:00 – 17:00)
- Regional Museum of History – one of the leading and oldest museums in Bulgaria. It was established in 1911 by a decision of the management board of Vidinina Chitalishte.
- “Stanislav Dospevski” Art Gallery, 15 “Konstantin Velichkov” Square, (09:00 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 17:30, winter time weekends – Saturday and Sunday) – founded in 1966. the name of the Renaissance painter and public figure Stanislav Dospevski (1823 – 1878), worked in the field of the portrait genre. The current building of the gallery was opened in 1980. Later (1911) it houses the Regional Museum of History.
- Stanislaw Dospevski House Museum, 54, Maria Louisa Street, (9:00 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 16:00, on Saturdays and Sundays)
- The old post office with the clock tower, Konstantin Velichkov Square
- Drama-puppet theater “Konstantin Velichkov” – one of the oldest theaters in the country, built with funds collected voluntarily by the citizens. The first performance of the State Drama Theater in Pazardzhik is “Albena” by Yordan Yovkov.
- Ethnographic Exposition of the Regional Museum of History, 8 Otets Paisiy Street, (09:00 – 12:00 and 13:30 – 16:30, weekends – Saturdays and Sundays)
- Konstantin Velichkov House Museum, 6 Theodor Trayanov Street –
– One-storey and with veranda, it was built around 1850. In 1964 – 1965 the house was renovated and restored. Since 1967, it has been arranged urban style from the late 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century. Konstantin Velichkov is a prominent Bulgarian Revival activist, active participant in national liberation struggles, politician and statesman in post-liberation Bulgaria, poet, writer, translator and artist.
- Park-Island “Freedom” (known as “The Island”)
- “Nikola Furnadzhiev” Library
- Chitalishte “Videlina”
- Chitalishte “Hristo Botev”