View of Kuklen from the road to the Kuklen Monastery
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Kulken in Bulgaria
|• Mayor||Maria Belcheva (GP)|
|• Total||31.524 km2 (12.171 sq mi)|
|Elevation||393 m (1,289 ft)|
Kuklen (Bulgarian: Куклен [ˈkuklɛn], Greek: Κούκλενα) is a town in southern Bulgaria, part of Plovdiv Province. It is located 7 km to the south of the nearest major city, Plovdiv, and is approximately 140 km south east of the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. Kuklen was proclaimed a town on 23 May 2006 and as of 2005[update] had a population of 6,877. It is the center of Kuklen Municipality.
Kuklen is notable for having, despite its low population, not only a majority Bulgarian Orthodox population with several Orthodox churches, but also Muslim residents and a mosque, as well as a Greek Catholic community and a Catholic place of worship, with all three religious communities living on good terms with each other.
Kuklen is located in the plains of the Rhodopes, 7 km. east of Plovdiv.
The number of permanent residents in Kuklen is 6,881, and 6,000 more are temporary.
As of February 2011, Kuklen has 5,858 residents.