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Kyustendil  (Bulgarian:  Кюстендил) is  lt a town  in the far west of  Bulgaria, and the capital of the  Kyustendil Province. The town is situated in the southern part of the Kyustendil Valley, near the borders of  Serbia  and the  Republic of Macedonia; 90 km southwest of  lt Sofia, 130 km northeast of  Skopje  and 243 km north of  Thessaloniki. The total population counts 44,532 people, with a Bulgarian majority and Roma minority. During the Iron Age, a Thracian settlement was located within the town, later known as Roman  Pautalia  in the 1st century AD. In the Middle Ages, the town switched hands between the Byzantine Empire, Bulgaria and Serbia, prior to Ottoman annexation in 1395. The town was liberated in 1878 from the Ottoman Empire. It is named after  Konstantin Dragaš, a 14th-century regional lord.

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