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Godech (Bulgarian: Годеч) is a small town located in the Sofia Province, of Bulgaria. The town is founded in a valley on the far west of Stara Planina, where the Nishava River passes. The settlement is about 20 km east of the Serbian border and has its highest peak Kom (2016 m) to the north. Godech is officially a town with 4,663 inhabitants (as of 2006). It is the administrative center of the Godech municipality.

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1 History 2 Honour 3 Economy 4 Twin cities 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] A number of archaeological finds prove that the Godech region has been inhabited since the pre-historical times and since the times of the Thracians and Romans. The evidences dating from the Middle Ages and the Bulgarian National Revival are rather meagre. In 1453 Godech was mentioned for first time in the Ottoman records. There is a still preserved inscription in St. Nikola church in the village of Tuden and according to it the church was built in 1400 '"when the Ottomans took possession of Bulgaria'". About eleven years later another church with three apses and loopholes was built in the village of Gubesh, located nearby. The town's name is derived from the personal name Godek, a developed form of Godo or Gode or a shortened form of Godimir. It might also mean a "suitable, convenient place".[1] Honour[edit] Godech Nunatak on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica is named after Godech. Economy[edit] The town is home to the only factory for light-emitting diodes within the European Union. In operation since February 2011, the facility of total 10 500m2, worth $12 million and 51%-owned by Bulgarian battery maker Monbat AD, employs about 140 people.[2][3] Another major employer is AQ Magnit AD, a subsidiary of Swedish company AQ Group, with a 7,000-m2 plant manufacturing transformers, inductive components, and cabling for clients such as Bombardier Inc. and Ericsson.[4] Twin cities[edit] Godech is twinned with the following cities:[5]

Dimitrovgrad Podolsk

References[edit]

^ Чолева-Димитрова, Анна М. (2002). Селищни имена от Югозападна България: Изследване. Речник (in Bulgarian). София: Пенсофт. p. 111. ISBN 954-642-168-5. OCLC 57603720.  ^ Bulgaria's Octa Light to Sell Products Mainly to EU Countries The Sofia Echo 16 Feb 2011. Retrieved 15 Mar 2011. ^ Octa Light opens first high-power LED assembly line in Bulgaria LEDs Magazine 1 Mar 2011. Retrieved 15 Mar 2011. ^ AQ Magnit Company Profile Archived 2010-01-09 at the Wayback Machine. AQG.se Retrieved 15 Mar 2011. ^ Twin cities list[permanent dead link] (in Bulgarian)

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Pictures from Godech

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Cities and towns of Bulgaria (2011 census)

1,000,000+

Sofia (capital)

300,000+

Plovdiv Varna

200,000+

Burgas

100,000+

Pleven Ruse Stara Zagora

50,000+

Asenovgrad Blagoevgrad Dobrich Gabrovo Haskovo Pazardzhik Pernik Shumen Sliven Veliko Tarnovo Vratsa Yambol

20,000+

Aytos Botevgrad Dimitrovgrad Dupnitsa Gorna Oryahovitsa Kardzhali Karlovo Kazanlak Kyustendil Lom Lovech Montana Nova Zagora Petrich Razgrad Samokov Sandanski Sevlievo Silistra Smolyan Svishtov Targovishte Troyan Velingrad Vidin

10,000+

Balchik Bankya Berkovitsa Byala Slatina Cherven Bryag Chirpan Elhovo Etropole Gotse Delchev Harmanli Ihtiman Karnobat Kavarna Knezha Kostinbrod Kozloduy Mezdra Nesebar Novi Iskar Novi Pazar Panagyurishte Parvomay Pavlikeni Peshtera Pomorie Popovo Provadia Radnevo Radomir Rakovski Razlog Stamboliyski Svilengrad

5,000+

Aksakovo Bansko Belene Belogradchik Beloslav Bobov Dol Bozhurishte Byala, Ruse Province Chepelare Devin Devnya Dolni Chiflik Dryanovo Dulovo Elena Elin Pelin Galabovo General Toshevo Hisarya Isperih Kostenets Kotel Krichim Krumovgrad Kubrat Kuklen Levski Lukovit Lyaskovets Lyubimets Madan Momchilgrad Omurtag Oryahovo Perushtitsa Pirdop Rakitovo Saedinenie Septemvri Simeonovgrad Simitli Slivnitsa Sopot, Plovdiv Province Sredets Straldzha Svoge Tervel Teteven Topolovgrad Tryavna Tsarevo Tutrakan Tvarditsa Varshets Veliki Preslav Yakoruda Zlatitsa Zlatograd

2,000+

Aheloy Apriltsi Ardino Batak Batanovtsi Belitsa Belovo Borovo Bratsigovo Bregovo Breznik Byala Chernomorets Dalgopol Debelets Dobrinishte Dolna Banya Dolna Mitropoliya Dolna Oryahovitsa Dolni Dabnik Dospat Dragoman Dunavtsi Dve Mogili Dzhebel Glodzhevo Godech Gulyantsi Gurkovo Hadzhidimovo Ignatievo* Iskar Ivaylovgrad Kableshkovo Kalofer Kameno Kaspichan Kilifarevo Klisura Kocherinovo Koprivshtitsa Kostandovo Koynare Kresna Kran Krivodol Kula Laki Letnitsa Loznitsa Maglizh Malko Tarnovo Marten Мizia Nedelino Nikolaevo Nikopol Obzor Opaka Pavel Banya Polski Trambesh Pordim Pravets Primorsko Rila Roman Rudozem Sadovo Sapareva Banya Sarnitsa Shabla Shivachevo Slavyanovo Slivo Pole Smyadovo Sozopol Strazhitsa Strelcha Sungurlare Suvorovo Sveti Vlas Tran Trastenik Tsar Kaloyan Ugarchin Valchedram Valchi Dol Varbitsa Vetovo Vetren Yablanitsa Zavet Zlataritsa

1,000+

Ahtopol Alfatar Antonovo Balgarovo Boboshevo Bolyarovo Boychinovtsi Brusartsi Byala Cherkva Chiprovtsi Dimovo Glavinitsa Gramada Kaolinovo Kermen Merichleri Momin Prohod Plachkovtsi Senovo Shipka Suhindol Zemen

500+

Kiten Madzharovo Pliska

499-

Melnik

Notes

city status after the census of 01.02.2011: Ignatievo, Kran

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Municipalities of Sofia Province

Anton Botevgrad Bozhurishte Chavdar Chelopech Dolna Banya Dragoman Elin Pelin Etropole Ihtiman Godech Gorna Malina Koprivshtitsa Kostenets Kostinbrod Mirkovo Pirdop Pravets Samokov Slivnitsa Svoge Zlatitsa

Coordinates: 43°01′N 23°03′E / 43.017°N 23.050°E / 43.017; 23.050

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