Balkan Mountains

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Balkan mountains (Stara Planina)
Стара планина
Range
A view from Kom Peak in western Bulgaria.
Countries Bulgaria, Serbia
Highest point Botev Peak
 - elevation 2,376 m (7,795 ft)
 - coordinates 42°43′00″N 24°55′04″E / 42.7166667°N 24.91778°E / 42.7166667; 24.91778
Length 530 km (329 mi), west-east
Width 15 - 50 km (-16 mi), north-south
Area 11,596 km² (4,477 sq mi)
Geology granite, gneiss, limestone

The Balkan mountain range (Bulgarian and Serbian: Стара планина, Stara planina, "Old Mountain") is an extension of the Carpathian mountain range, separated from it by the Danube River.

The Balkan range runs 560 km from eastern Serbia eastward through central Bulgaria to Cape Emine on the Black Sea.

The highest peak on the Balkan peninsula is Musala in the Rila mountains near Sofia (Rila range), with 2,925 m, closely followed by Mount Olympus in Greece and Vihren (Pirin range).

The highest peaks of the Stara planina itself are in central Bulgaria. The highest peak is Botev (2,376 m), located in the Central Balkan National Park (established 1991).


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