A modern topographic map series of Bulgaria at 1:25,000
scale on the Gauss─Krϋger projection was initiated in the
1930s, and continued after the socialist revolution in 1944
to be completed in 1952. Some derived mapping was
published at 1:50,000 and 1:100,000 scales. In 1951, the
General Board of Geodesy and Cartography (GUGKK)
was established, and during the 1950s and 1960s, military
mapping was brought into conformity with the Soviet 1942-system
specifications. Large-scale mapping of the country was also
undertaken at a scale of 1:5,000 for the more settled areas
and 1:10,000 for high mountain areas.
Soviet military topographic mapping of Bulgaria is available at the following scales: 1:1,000,000 (4 sheets, complete coverage, published 1981-1990);
1:500,000 (9 sheets, complete coverage, published 1978-1989); 1:200,000 (36 sheets, complete coverage, published 1977-1987); 1:100,000 (109 sheets, complete coverage,
published 1976-1989); 1:50,000 (354 sheets, complete coverage, published 1978-1993) and city (1:10,000) topographic mapping of 21 major cities from Blagoevgrad to Yambol published
between 1963 and 1988. These products are available in print, digital raster and digital vector GIS formats from East View Geospatial.
The present civilian mapping authority is the Ministry of
Regional Development and Construction, Sofia. Mapping
of the whole territory is complete at 1:25,000 and smaller
scales, and there is also complete cover at either 1:5,000
or 1:10,000 scale, with over 1,000 sheets published. The
projection is Gauss─Krϋger, Krassovsky ellipsoid. Urban
maps have been produced at 1:1,000 and 1:5,000 scales.
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