Vitosha is a mountain massif, on the outskirts of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Vitosha is one of the symbols of Sofia and the closest site for hiking, alpinism and skiing. Convenient bus lines and rope ways render the mountain easily accessible. Vitosha has the outlines of an enormous dome. The territory of the mountain includes Vitosha national park that encompasses the best known and most frequently visited parts.
The foothills of Vitosha shelter resort quarters of Sofia; Knyazhevo quarter has mineral springs.
Vitosha is the oldest national park in the Balkans. View of the Vitosha Mountain from the South Park of SofiaThe mountain emerged as a result of volcanic activity and has been subsequently shaped by the slow folding of the granite rock layers and a series of gradual uplifts of the area. It appears dome shaped at first sight, but the mountain, 19 km long by 17 km wide, actually consists of concentric denudational plateaus rising in tiers one above the other.
Vitosha is separated into four main parts whose main ridges gather at a crown known as Cherni Vrah (Black Peak). This is the highest point of the mountain at 2290 m and is one of 10 peaks of Vitosha over 2000 m in height.
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