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SlivenSliven is the eighth-largest city in Bulgaria and the administrative and industrial centre of Sliven Province and municipality. It is a relatively large town with 89,848 inhabitants. Sliven is famous for its Bulgarian Haiduts who fought against the Ottoman Turks in the 19th century and is known as the "City of the 100 Voyvodi", a Voyvoda being a leader of Haiduts. The current mayor of the city is former football star Yordan Letchkov. The famous rocky massif Sinite Kamani ("The Blue Rocks") and the associated national park, the fresh air and the mineral springs offer diverse opportunities for leisure and tourism. Investors are exploring the opportunity to use the famous local wind (Bora) for the production of electricity. Another point of interest and symbol of the city, as featured on the coat of arms, is the thousand-year-old Stariya Briast ("The Old Elm"), a large Smooth-leaved Elm in the center of the city. During the time of the Ottoman rule, Turkish officials would hang Bulgarian revolutionaries on the tree. In modern times, the city is doing its best to keep the tree alive with the addition of cement to the base. The most visited geographical location and attraction in the city is the Karandila. It is a hilltop 1050m above sealevel, with great sights overlooking the city. On the Karandila is the rock formation Halkata ("The Ring"). It is a rock protrusion with an interesting, yet peculiar hole in the center. According to myth, one would have their most sincere wish granted upon passing through the ring. An interesting fact is that Sliven Peak on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica is named after Sliven.

 

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