Information on the Momchilgrad Municipality
The Municipality of Momchilgrad is located in the Province of Kardzhali, in the southern part of the Eastern Rhodope mountains. It is a distinguished town in the centre of the province as it is located between Kardzhali and Dzhebel, lying on the bedside of river Varbitsa (also known as Sutlu). The total population is around 19.000 and its territory is 360.000 square meters. Its location is very important as it is located on the road to the Makaza border connecting Bulgaria to Greece. The Municipality of Momchilgrad has signed a sister town protocols with 4 other major cities in Republic Turkey – The Municipality of Bursa, Bornova, Bayramic, the Municipality of Izmit and the Municipality of Yasmos in Greece.
Its history dates back to the Middle Ages, as we can also see its name mentioned in various historical documents since the 17th century about
the cultural variety and the commercial importance it carries. One of the main reasons it grew as a trade center was the railway station, which started functioning on the 4th of December 1932.
Its population is comprised of different religious and ethnic groups but all of them live together in tolerance, peace and mutual respect. It is a place where Christmas, Ramadan, Easter and Hidirlezi are celebrated by all people in support of each other, such festivities are the bridge between their hearts as neighbours.
Agriculture, textile and tourism are the most developed sectors in its economy. With the present hotels being built, the total amount of bed
capacity is expected to exceed 500. In this matter, thousands of tourists come every year to visit the famous Orpheus Sanctuary –
Tatul, which is located only 15km away from Momchilgrad. On days such as the 5th to 6th of May when Hidrellez is celebrated, it has turned
into a tradition for thousands of Christians and Muslims to go to the Dambali hill where they altogether they are looking for cure in the
running waters of the summit. Another very popular destination is the Elmali Baba dervish lodge which is seen as a unique religious center
in the Balkans as the dervish lodge and a mosque are in the same place.
At present time there are 2 kindergartens, 1 high school, 1 secondary school, 1 vocational high school and one Imam Hatip school. The first library in the Balkans was built and opened in Momchilgrad as well. The town gives a lot of importance to different branches of sports such as football, table tennis, wrestling, as well as weightlifting, and these sports teams keep on showing success in various competitions. Amongst these sportsmen there are also famous examples from the past - Naim Suleymanoglu and Halil Mutlu who were born in the Municipality of Momchilgrad and trained and won their first competitions in this town.
Every year in late July thousands of people living in different parts of the world come back to their hometown for the annual “Momchilgrad is always in my heart” festivities. It is an extremely warm and welcoming town both weather-wise and people-wise. You will be able to see the beauty it offers and truly feel it only if you go there.