Townhall of Perushtitsa, the cultural centrum – "2 epochs, 1 goal: liberty"
The Red Church near Perushtitsa.

Perushtitsa (Bulgarian: Перущица [ˈpɛroʃtit͡sɐ]) or Perushtitza is a Bulgarian town located in Perushtitsa Municipality, Plovdiv Province at the foot of the Rhodopes, 22 kilometers south of Plovdiv.

The town is famous throughout Bulgaria for the fight that took place there in 1876 during the April Uprising against the Ottoman reign. During the suppression of the uprising by Turkish irregulars, the majority of the residents were slaughtered. The French journalist Ivan de Woestyne, who visited the town in July 1876, reported for the newspaper Le Figaro that out of a population of about 2000 only 150 elders and children were left.[1] Lady Strangford arrived from Britain later that year with relief for the people of Bulgaria following the massacres. She first built a hospital at Batak and eventually other hospitals were built including one here at Perushtitsa.[2]

The name Perushtitsa comes from the word Peristitsa, which in turn comes from the name of the God Perun.[3]

Perushtitsa is one of the few places in Bulgaria where Mavrud grapes are grown for a typical Bulgarian wine Mavrud.

The Red Church is located 2 km northeast of Perushtitsa.[4] The remains of the Red Church date from the 5th or 6th century and are a symbol for the city of Perushtitsa.

There is a multi functional sports complex "Perushtitsa" (with coordinates 42.061396,24553302[5]) which can be used for 14 sports - basketball, handball, volleyball, football, badminton, table tennis, body building and others.



  1. ^ de Woestyne, Ivan (1876). Voyage au pays des Bachi-Bouzoucks. Bachelin-Deflorenne Paris.
  2. ^ Shurbanov, Alexander (1996). Victorian England ~ Literary Perspective in Bulgaria. Sofia.
  3. ^ Панайотов, Иван (1974). Върховръх. Мединица и Физкултура.
  4. ^ The Red Church Website of Perushtitsa Municipality
  5. ^ "Convert Address to Lat Long". csv 2 geodata. Retrieved 2020-11-24.

Coordinates: 42°03′N 24°33′E / 42.050°N 24.550°E / 42.050; 24.550