Targovishte Oblast

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Basic data
Region: Northern Bulgaria
Administrative headquarters: Targovishte
Surface: 2,716 km²
Residents: 112,474 (2017)
Population density: 41.4 inhabitants per km²
NUTS: BG code: BG334
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Targovishte Oblast ( Bulgarian Област Търговище , Turkish Tırgovişte ili ) is an administrative district (област) in northern Bulgaria with the city of the same name as the administrative seat of Targovishte . Other cities are Popowo , Opaka and Omurtag .

The town of Targovishte , which emerged from an old market town, is located 170 m above sea level at the foot of the Preslaw Mountains on the banks of the Wrana River . The city has 41,000 inhabitants. The Bulgarian capital Sofia is 339 km away.


In the 2001 census, there were 137,689 inhabitants in Targovishte . Of these, 55.4% declared themselves Bulgarians , 35.9% Turks and 7.2% Roma . According to the religious denomination, 54.9% are Christian and 42.7% Muslim .


city Bulgarian name Population
(December 31, 2017)
Targovishte Търговище 35,446
Popowo Попово 14,218
Omurtag Омуртаг 7.138
Opaque Опака 2,512
Antonovo Антоново 1,432


The earliest traces of settlement can be found in the area around Owcharowo from the 5th to 4th centuries BC . The name of the region first appeared in the 16th century as a market place for Turkish settlers. As such, he was recorded in a Turkish register in 1573 .

At first the city was completely oriental. Over the years, more and more Bulgarians settled here, which was accompanied by a slow change in the handicraft and trade structure.