Pazardzhik päzärjĭk´ [key], city (1993 pop. 82,904), S central Bulgaria, on the Maritsa River. A commercial center, its chief industries are textiles and food processing. Pazardzhik was under Turkish rule from the 15th to the 19th cent. It has an agricultural college and an old church with a fine collection of icons.

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