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Varbitsa ( , ; "little willow", from varba, "willow"; also transliterated V«érbica, Varbitza, Varbica, Vurbica, Vurbitza, Vurbitsa) is a town in eastern Bulgariamarker, part of Shumen Provincemarker. It is the administrative centre of Varbitsa municipality, which lies in the southwestern part of Shumen Province.

Varbitsa is located in the southeastern Danubian Plainmarker, at the foot of the eastern Balkan Mountainsmarker, on both banks of the Gerila river. The area was populated in Antiquity by the Thracians and Romans, while the Slavs and Bulgars arrived in the Early Middle Ages. It is thought that the first ruler of the First Bulgarian Empire, Asparuh, settled the Severians in the region of the Varbitsa Passmarker in order to guard it in the 7th century. The pass was the site of the Battle of Pliska on 26 July 811, during which Krum of Bulgaria's forces routed the Byzantine army, killing and beheading Byzantine Emperor Nikephoros I.

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Varbitsa municipality includes the following 16 places:


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