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Ruzhintsi ( , ; also transliterated Ružinci, Ruzhinci, Ruzhintzi, Rujinci, Rujintsi, Rujintzi, etc.) is a village in northwestern Bulgariamarker, part of Vidin Provincemarker. It is the administrative centre of Ruzhintsi municipality, which lies in the southeastern part of Vidin Province. Ruzhintsi is located 54 kilometres from the provincial capital Vidinmarker and 43 kilometres from Montanamarker.

The village may have been founded in the 14th century. There are several etymologies suggested, two from Proto-Indo-European *h₁reudʰ-ó- ("red"): from ruzha ("rose") or from the dialectal verb oruzhavam ("burn down"), and one involving the name of Fruzhin, son of Bulgarian tsar Ivan Shishman and organizer of the anti-Ottoman Uprising of Konstantin and Fruzhin in the early 15h century. The village church was built in 1852 together with a monastical school.

Municipality

Ruzhintsi municipality has an area of 232 square kilometres and includes the following 10 places:


The municipality is mainly agricultural. The only river that crosses it is the Lom Rivermarker, but there are several water reservoirs: at Gyurgich, Drazhintsi and Drenovets, with two smaller ones at Gyurgich and Belo Pole. A sight in the area is the Dobri Dol Monastery, founded in the 11th century.

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