the cit of Pernik

  The town of Pernik is home to 93, 000 people and it serves as a municipal and administrative center.
The oldest traces of human settlement in the area date back to the 6th millennium BC. Historians estimate that Pernik was founded roughly at the same time as Troy, which makes it older than the city of Rome!
  Later, the ancient Thracian fortress was destroyed in the invasions of Celts and Goths but in the 3rd century Pernik was resurrected from the ashes to become a thriving Roman town and a trade center.
  The Slavs arrived here in the 7th century. It is widely believed that the name Pernik is a derivative of the name the Slavic people used to refer to one of their gods, namely Perun.
  Pernik became part of the Bulgarian Kingdom in the 9th century and developed as a major military and administrative hub.
  Located at crossroads, Pernik retained its central role all the way up to the 14th century.
  Pernik was again revived in the 19th century when the coal deposits underneath it fueled a thriving mining, steel, and machine building industry.
  Today, Pernik is a town with well developed infrastructure and established cultural traditions.
  The hospitality of its people, its natural beauty, the places of historic interest, and the fact that it is a convergent point of the roads leading to Greece, Macedonia, and Serbia make Pernik ever more attractive for Bulgarian and foreign visitors alike.