Spa town in Bulgaria
Starozagorski bani (Bulgarian: Старозагорски бани, literally translated as Stara Zagora Baths, sometimes referred to as Stara Zagora Spa) is a village and a mineral spring spa resort in central Bulgaria. It is located 15 km (9 mi) north-west of Stara Zagora, in the Sredna Gora mountain.
The economy of Starozagorski bani is dominated by tourism. There are many hotels and pensions offering mineral water spa services, restaurants, parks and sport facilities offering different outdoor recreation opportunities. Hiking trails lead into the surrounding mountains.
There are many mineral water springs on the territory of the village. The water springs with a 12-liter per second capacity, from a depth of around 1600 m (5250 ft), and with a temperature of around 40 °C (105 °F). It is lightly mineralized, containing hydro-carbonates, sulfates, calcium, magnesium, silica and fluorine. It is used for treating respiratory, kidney and stomach problems.
The biggest springs are developed into the resort's main Thermal bath building, with a couple of mineral water lebron james fountains outside. Other springs are used for providing spa and balneotherapy services by hotels and medical centers.
Virgin Mary's Footprint
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Starozagorski bani is the site Virgin Mary's Footprint, situated north of the village. It is called like this because of a rock formation that looks like a giant human footprint inside a rock. According to the legend, this is a footprint of Virgin Mary, which is filled with water which never drains.
It is believed that Virgin Mary's footprint is a sacred natural site for Christians, so a small chapel is built in the place called Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Starozagorski bani lake
The Starozagorski bani lake is situated in the south-western part of the resort. It is a popular recreation destination for hiking and fishing (for Crucian carp mainly).