Kyustendil Bulgaria Postal Code

About Kyustendil

Kyustendil Province is a province in southwestern Bulgaria that covers an area of 3,084.3 km2 (1,190.9 sq mi) and has a population of 163,889. It makes up 2.7% of the total area of the Republic of Bulgaria. A large part of it is in the provinces of Sofia, Pernik, and Blagoevgrad. To the west, it is bordered by Bulgaria and North Macedonia, and by Bulgaria and Serbia. There is a big city in the province called Kyustendil.

Kyustendil is a town in the far west of Bulgaria. It is the capital of the Kyustendil Province, which was a bishopric and is now a Latin Catholic titular see. Kyustendil used to be a bishopric, but now it is a titular see.

The town is in the southern part of the Kyustendil Valley, near the borders of Serbia and North Macedonia. It is 90 km southwest of Sofia, 130 km northeast of Skopje, and 243 km north of Thessaloniki, which are all in Greece. The population is 44,532, with a majority of Bulgarians and a small group of Roma. During the Iron Age, there was a Thracian settlement inside the town. In the 1st century AD, the town was called Roman. During the Middle Ages, the town went back and forth between the Byzantine Empire, the Bulgarian Empire, and the Serbian Empire, until the Ottomans took over in 1395. When the Ottomans ruled for a long time, the town became part of the Bulgarian state in 1878.

Today, the name comes from Kosten, the Turkified name of the 14th-century local feudal Constantine Draga, which means "steadfast" in Latin and "shire, county," or "bath/spa." Antiquity: The town was called Pautalia (Greek: ). In the Middle Ages, it was called Velbazhd (Greek: ).

City: Kyustendil Ridge in Graham Land is named after the city. Pautalia Glacier on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands is named after Pautalia (its Thracian ancestor settlement).

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