This article is about a town in Bulgaria. For the Christian sect, see Paulicianism.

Location of Pavlikeni

Coordinates: 43°14′34″N 25°19′18″E / 43.24278°N 25.32167°E / 43.24278; 25.32167Coordinates: 43°14′34″N 25°19′18″E / 43.24278°N 25.32167°E / 43.24278; 25.32167
Country Bulgaria
Province (Oblast) Veliko Tarnovo
Municipality Pavlikeni
  Mayor Emanuil Manolov
  Deputy Mayor Maria Goranova
Elevation 144 m (472 ft)
Population (2010-12-15)[1]
  Total 11,151
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 5200
Area code(s) 0610

Pavlikeni (Bulgarian: Павликени) is a town in Veliko Tarnovo Province, Northern Bulgaria, about 41 kilometers away from the city of Veliko Tarnovo. It is the administrative centre of the homonymous Pavlikeni Municipality. As of December 2010, the town has a population of 11,604 inhabitants.[1]


Pavlikeni was a centre of ceramics and pottery in Antiquity as evidenced by the remains from Roman and Thracian times, the modern town emerged in the 13th-14th century as a village initially called Marinopoltsi. Since its residents were adherents of the Christian sect of Paulicianism, it soon acquired its present name.

During the Ottoman rule of Bulgaria, the demographics of the village changed significantly, as many Turks settled to make it a purely Turkish village. After the Liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman rule in 1877–1878, the Turks left to be replaced by Bulgarians from the Balkan Mountains and the villages of the plains. After the Liberation Pavlikeni developed as a centre of craftsmanship and trade, with many new buildings being constructed. Pavlikeni acquired town status in 1943 owing much to its position on the Sofia-Varna railway line.

Notable natives


Pavlikeni Point on Greenwich Island, South Shetland Islands is named after Pavlikeni.

Changes in the city

After Bulgaria became a part of the European Union Pavlikeni created a project, which was an idea to improve the city as a whole by using the European funds. Pavlikeni took over a half a million to improve its conditions of the city centre "Svoboda". The project was realised starting 10 May 2012, with having 120 days to be completed in.


In the town had a factory for steel disc wheels and rims which around ⅝ of the production is for the market in European union.Other big factory Metarem is for the needs of the farming constructions and farming transport machines.It had companies for cardboard.

Food economy

In the town had one of the biggest companies in North Bulgaria for seeds, little factory for sweets(wafers) and large company for feed(for the farming).



International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Pavlikeni is twinned with:


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