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First Bulgarian Empire

medieval Bulgarian state that existed in southeastern Europe between the 7th and 11th centuries AD

The First Bulgarian Empire was a medieval Bulgarian state founded in AD 632 in the lands near the Danube Delta and which disintegrated in AD 1185 after its annexation to the Byzantine Empire.

First Bulgarian Empire

Първo Българско царство
Părvo Bălgarsko Tsarstvo
632–1185
Bulgarian Empire at its greatest extent c. 920 under Simeon I the Great
Bulgarian Empire at its greatest extent c. 920 under Simeon I the Great
CapitalPliska (681–893)
Preslav (893–972)
Skopie (972–992)
Ohrid (992–1185)
Common languagesBulgar language, Old Bulgarian
Religion
Tengrism (state religion),
Slavic Paganism (681–864),
Orthodox Christianity (864–1018)
GovernmentMonarchy
Khan/Tsar (Emperor) 
• 681–700
Asparukh
• 1018
Presian II
LegislatureKurultai
Historical eraMiddle Ages
• Established
632
• Arrival of Asparukh
681
864
• Fall to the Byzantine Empire
1185
• Disestablished
1185
Area
10th century750,000 km2 (290,000 sq mi)
Population
• 10th century
4000000
ISO 3166 codeBG
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Old Great Bulgaria
Second Bulgarian Empire