town, east-central Bulgaria. It lies in the southern foothills of the eastern Balkan Mountains at the confluence of the Novoselska and Asenovska rivers. It dates as a town from 1153, but there are significant Roman remains in the area. Destroyed by the Turks, it was rebuilt during their occupation (15th-19th century) and called Enidzhe Kariesi ("New Town"); it developed as a textile and handicraft centre
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