Pirin National Park is a well-preserved part of the Pirin Mountains in southwest Bulgaria. It covers an area of 274 square kilometers, and is located at an altitude of 1008-2914 meters. Within the part are two nature reserves, Bayuvi Dupki-Dzhindzhiritsa Nature Reserve and Yulen Nature Reserve. Bayuvi Dupki-Dzhindzhiritsa is one of the oldest nature reserves in Bulgagia.
Pirin National Park was inscribed as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site during the 7th session of the World Heritage Committee meeting in Florence, Italy, on 5-9 December, 1983.
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Pirin National Park, Bulgaria
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More about Pirin National Park
Pirin National Park has a beautiful landscape of lakes, waterfalls, caves and pine forests. There are some 70 glacial lakes in the park, which is home to many endemic animals as well as rare species. There are 1300 species of plants and 300 species of moss in the park, as well as 18 endemic species. The icon of the park is the Edelweiss, a preserved species.
Among the animals found in the park includes 45 terrestrial mammals (of which there are 12 species of bats), accounting for 50% of the total species of mammals in Bulgaria. There are also 160 species of birds (40% of all bird species in the country), 11 species of reptiels, 8 species of amphibians, and 6 species of fish.
World Heritage Site Inscription Details
Location: N 41 40 00 E 023 30 00
Inscription Year: 1983
Type of Site: Natural
Inscription Criteria: VII, VIII, IX
The inscribed property covers 40,060 hectares in the Pirin mountain area in Blagoevgrad Province, Bulgaria.
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Visiting Pirin National Park
Your base for visiting this World Heritage Site is Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. From there, you can make the arrangement, either on your own or through a travel agency, to go to Pirin National Park. As part of the preparations, here's a list of hotels in Sofia with online booking facility.
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