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Local History about the town Kardjali
Kardjali is called the town of the sun. Obviously not only because it
has the greatest number of cloudlessdays a year. It is also known as the
light city. The capital of Eastern Rodophes. But somehow the town`s name
is most often linked with the word "youth". By some unwritten rule it
suggest to the newcomer the idea of Kardjali today.. It is what it is
every however accidently passing visitor, a town of the sun and youth.
The land actually has ancient history. Oral tradition has it that in
the deep recesses of the Rhodopes both the legendary Spartacos and the
song-charmer Orpheus were both and lived. Archeologist have discovered
in the ruins of the fortress walls, necropolices, churches and sacred
places t6he traces of prehistorical times, the touch of the Thracians,
Romans, Byzanties, the culture of the first Bulgarian State.
However until the mid-19-th century these tired mountains with
windswept hillsides, as if bending under the burden of centuries were
tabula rasa for researches. One of the first travelers in these lands,
the Frenchman Vickenells, wrote in 1847: ËKardjali. A small village with
a mosque, populated with Bulgarian Muslims and Christians. Artisans make
earthenware. There is an inn and coffee shops. Market-day once a week.
An exhaustive description in a couple of lines. Only one
characteristic touch could be added to this letter ß tobacco ß the
priceless gold of the Rhodopes which marred with consumption the days
and nights of the local people.
The Lead-zink Combine turns out now more than one-third of the lead and
zink in the country and its production is accepted at the London-stock
exchange without sertificates. Kardjali and Styden Kladenets, the power
stations at the two water reservoirs flanking the county town, send
energy and light to the Rhodopes.
The spirit of exploration , the thirst of updating for progress which
invariably accomplained the rebirth of Eastern Rodophers have opened to
the people the unsuspected riches of the land. To the old fame of
tobacco and the more recent one of the ores of non-metalliferous
minerals added their fame. Practically inexhaustable deposits of
bentonit, trass and zeolites were found in the vacinites of Kardjali. In
the ËBentonitÍ Scientific and Production Combine a unique enterprise of
the country, new products have been created and so far unfamiliar
applications of the non-metalliferous minerals are sought.
The textile indusry in Kardjali is represented by the Textile Complex
ËOrfeiÍ. It is staffed predominanly with young people who with their
work not only show how traditions are being created, but also how in
less then ten years prestige can be won among firms of world renown.
Justice to the latest history of Kardjali demands emphasizing the fact
that the town acquired its urban outlook in the years of Bulgaro-Russian
fraternity forged there. The first blocks of flats and public buildings
which lined the main street - the Geogri Dimitrov Boulevard .
Years ago the idea of Kardjali on Arda was linked among other things
with the impassible roads of the Rhodopes. All kinds of transport are
being developed now in this mountain town. The Trakia express train, as
well as helicopter flight of the Balkan Airlines ensure the daily
communication with the capital but the new technologies are being
imported and compures made the people`s life easier and better. The
200-ton Emona vessel sails in the Kardjali water Reservoir. It is also
the only floating restaurant in the hinterland of Bulgaria.
The country round the Reservoir is a natural ground of recreation,
sport and tourism. One can already say that in Kardjali tradition was
set in water sports. The Large Arpezos Swimming Complex is another
material prerequisite along these lines. Two stadiums, a sporting
ground, the Prostor and Gorupso parks for recreation and culture
contribute, too, to the unfolding of mass physical culture and sports,
to maintaining a healthy way of life.
The town`s hospital has modern equipment and offers 500 beds with
qualified medical help.
Six uniform polytechnical schools, six technical schools and a language
school, a high institute for primary and elementary school teachers
ensure now the education and professional qualification of the younger
Cultural life of the town has its specific atmosphere and colour. The Ë
Dimitar Dimitrov Ë State Theatre eight its two companies, a dramatic and
a musicial-and-satire one, plays for thousand-strong crowds a year. The
countries has two Cinema Comlex are Orfei and Obedinenie which offer 4
screenings a day. The symhonic orchestra with the House of Culture has
been increasing its appearance. The National Astronomical Observatory
and the Museum are two of the town`s highlights. The exposition of the
Country History Museum is rich and interesting. There are many
entertaining places, too. In Kardjali there are some discos, many cafes
where you can stay alone and go with friends.