Mezdra Fortress

Mezdra, Bulgaria

The fortified complex called 'Citadel' is located on a natural protected hill, located where the main commercial roads intersect in Mezdra. The area of the Iskar River is inhabited since the end of the Stone Age and the beginning of the Copper Age, respectively the second half of the 5th century BC. After these prehistoric populations, who lived in the first known historical period of the area, the ancient Thracians were established here. In the I century the place was conquered by the Roman Empire, and in the seventh century, with the great migration of the peoples of Asia, came here the Slavs, and later the Bulgarians of Asparuh. In the eleventh century, the Byzantine emperor Vasile the Great conquered the northwestern Bulgarian lands. The area was then included in the Ottoman Empire for several centuries.

In 2013, the entire complex is restored and tourist routes are built. You can see the remains of the fortified settlements of different times, the “Sanctuary of the Tour”, a pagan worship center from the 3rd century. In a permanent exhibition hall are exhibited objects and archaeological discoveries from the 5 historical periods and a model of the Roman fortress “Kaleto”, dating from the  2nd-5th century. In a separate building are the handicraft workshops, the information center and the souvenir shop.



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103 65, Mezdra, Bulgaria
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Founded: 3rd century AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Bulgaria

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Dobriyana Dimitrova (8 months ago)
A small gem close to Sofia. Worth the visit with children. The ladies were very kind. The WC is in bad condition. The entrance is only 3 lv.
Svetoslav Petkov (3 years ago)
A nice place. It takes you 20 mins to go through the exhibitions and walk around the fortress. It lacks of entertainment and there is no much to do. There have benn 2 prehistoric villages and one Roman fortress ot the rock. A lot of history with a very little shown. Very little descriptions, no English labels. As a conclusion: a place with a lot of history, which is not wll utilized in terms of tourism
Denitsa Gugova (3 years ago)
A wonderful place with over 7000 years of history. The hill over the Iskar River has been of strategic interest to Thracians, Romans, Slavic tribes, and Byzantinians. The remains of the once bustling citadel are perfectly preserved and there are still some ongoing excavations. The place has a small but information-packed exhibition hall that's made to resemble a khan's hut where you can see a model of the citadel. There are several smaller exhibition rooms right next to the ticket office (where you're required to wear a mask ?) where we enjoyed displays of weapons from the Bulgarian Liberation Uprising, WWI and WW2, and more. Entrance is just 3 BGN, and you can get a stamp for you "100 National Tourist Sites" booklet! ♿ This place is not wheelchair accessible.
Yuri Timashkov (4 years ago)
Small and very neat complex , has several exebition play ground for kids with antient trebuchet , crossbow great place to photoshoot, relax, enjoe the castle views
Anton Eftimov (4 years ago)
Well recreated fortress, with very friendly staff! It is viewed in about 20 minutes. Entrance fee BGN 3 for pensioners BGN 1.5 there is free parking which is located next to the fortress.
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