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Mandritsa is a village in the Eastern Rhodopes, Ivailovgrad Municipality, Haskovo Province. The village is located on the right bank of the River Byala Reka, 19 km South of Ivaylovgrad and 2 km West of the River Luda Reka, on the Bulgarian-Greek border.

The village was founded in 1636 by three brothers Albanian Eastern Orthodox dairyman (Mandritsa – mandra (dairy), hence the name of the village.

Mandritsa is the only Albanian village in Bulgaria, where even today native people speak this unique archaic Albanian language.