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Svilengrad's coat of arms.
Svilengrad ( ) is a municipality in Bulgariamarker situated at the border of Turkeymarker and Greecemarker. It is in the Haskovo Provincemarker.

With a population of approximately 20,000, Svilengrad is close to the road borders of Greece and Turkey (supposedly one of the largest road customs in Europe). Svilengrad is located ESE of Sofiamarker and Plovdivmarker, South of Varnamarker and Burgasmarker, West of Edirnemarker and North of the nearest Greek community Ormeniomarker and Alexandroupolimarker in Greece. There is a higher level of employment than in surrounding villages. Most people work for customs and border related industries e.g. TIR servicing, hotels, border police, etc. The town center boasts a pedestrianized high street mostly filled with cafes, bars, phone shops and hotels. The town has 3 DVD rental shops, two cinemas and a library. The Maritsamarker river flows west of Svilengrad. The Evros Prefecture and Trigonomarker of Greece is bordered to the south. The Rhodope mountains lie to the west and southwest. The area to the southwest is famous for its fruit trees.

Origins

During Ottoman times, the town's name was Cisr-i Mustafapasha, which was meaning "Bridge of Mustapha Pasha". In 1529, the Old Bridge ( ) over the Maritsamarker, one of the symbols of the town, was erected. The town was ceded to Bulgaria in 1912 after the First Balkan War.

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The Bridge over the Maritsa River.
Matochina castle.


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Transportation

There is a local bus station from which it is possible to reach many big Bulgarian cities including the Black Sea resorts and local communities.

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