|Population density:||41.4 inhabitants per km²|
|NUTS: BG code:||BG334|
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 .
(December 31, 2017)
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.