Location of Strazhitsa
|• Mayor||Rumen Pavlov|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
Strazhitsa (Bulgarian: Стражица, romanized: Stražica, pronounced [ˈstraʒit͡sɐ]) is a town in northeastern Bulgaria, part of Veliko Tarnovo Province. It is the administrative centre of the homonymous Strazhitsa Municipality, which lies in the eastern part of the Province. The town is located in the central Danubian Plain, not far from the Balkan Mountains, 45 kilometres northeast of the provincial capital of Veliko Tarnovo. As of December 2009, it has a population of 5,170 inhabitants.
The town was badly damaged by an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 on 7 December 1986. Strazhitsa has an art gallery, an Eastern Orthodox church dedicated to the Dormition of the Mother of God, as well as a museum of local history. Strazhitsa's name comes from the Bulgarian root strazh (страж), meaning "guard".
Strazhitsa municipality covers an area of 512 square kilometres (198 sq mi) and includes the following 22 places: