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town, central Bulgaria. It lies in the southern foothills of the Sredna Mountains and on the fringe of the fertile Stara Zagora plain. The town has varied industries producing cotton, textiles, chemicals, fertilizers, agricultural implements, machine tools, and cigarettes as well as brewing and canning. Power is obtained from the Stara Zagora hydroelectric station. In and around the town are vineyards and cypress, fig, almond, and pomegranate orchards. Northwest of the town is Stara Zagora spa, where previously there were Roman and Turkish baths. Stara Zagora has a strong cultural tradition, especially in opera.