Kaleto Fortress

Located 65 km east of Vidin, Belogradchik fortress is the main attraction in the tiny village ...

City: Belogradchik

Country: Bulgaria

Located 65 km east of Vidin, Belogradchik fortress is the main attraction in the tiny village (approx. 5,300 inhabitants). Covering a huge area (10,210m²) the citadel also gave its name to the village, literary meaning “small white construction”. Its second name Kaleto derives from Turkish “kale” (fortress). The complex consists of three separate courtyards, is connected via gates, and walled (over 2m thick, up to 12m high). The earliest structure was of Roman origin (1st to 3rd century AD) and situated on top of the rocky hill, using the natural defence system of surrounding shaped limestone rocks up to 70m high. Also the nearby Roman outpost Latin Fortress is part of famous Belogradchik rocks, a UNESCO World heritage candidate site. In 2013, a new visitor centre was constructed, with a hotel near the entrance gate. A new road climbs up to the parking area in front of the fortress. (Read also section round-trips, Roman Emperors and Wine Route, Kaleto Fortress, village of Belogradchik, Bulgaria).

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