Arda, Bulgaria

Arda (Bulgarian: Арда) is a village in Smolyan Municipality, located in the Smolyan Province of southern Bulgaria. It is located 173.424 km from Sofia and the village covers an area of 17.928 km2.[1] As of 2007, the village had a population of 314 people.[1]

Arda Mosque
Arda Mosque
Arda is located in Bulgaria
Location in Bulgaria
Coordinates: 41°28′N 24°38′E / 41.467°N 24.633°E / 41.467; 24.633
Country Bulgaria
ProvinceSmolyan Province
MunicipalitySmolyan Municipality
 • MayorEmil Bashev
 • Total314
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)

The village is located 30 km south of Smolyan. The village is recorded in records of the Ottoman Empire indicating 13 soldiers in the army were from the village. A census of 1912-1913 indicated a population of 200.

Some of the inhabitants of the village are Pomaks and follow Islam as their main religion, others are Eastern Orthodox Bulgarians.

Annually the Ilinden festival takes place every summer. Near the village of Arda, in the neighbourhoods of Gudevitsa and Lagat (birthplace of folk singer Valya Balkanska) there are springs from one of the largest Bulgarian rivers, the Arda, from which the village takes its name. In this neighbourhood is also a church, built in 1882.

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  1. ^ a b "Village of Arda". Guide-Bulgaria. Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved December 3, 2008.

Coordinates: 41°28′N 24°38′E / 41.467°N 24.633°E / 41.467; 24.633