Baba Vida Fortress, Vidin

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Largely preserved from the 10th century, Baba Vida Fortress was rebuilt numerous times and bears scars from Byzantine, Hungarian, and Ottoman attacks. According to legend, it was the home of Vida, the eldest daughter of King Vidin. Stories relate that she refused to get married, built this castle instead, and spent the rest of her lonely life inside. However, according to history books, this was a military structure. Take a look at some of the fort's main towers and find terraces with cannons. Step inside the former prison where you'll witness a recreated scene of an executioner with a prisoner and see numerous medieval torture devices. Occasionally this site hosts cultural events and serves as a backdrop for movie scenes. Work out when and for how long to visit Baba Vida Fortress and other Vidin attractions using our handy Vidin trip itinerary maker site .
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  • Well preserved fortress, last stronghold of Bulgarian before enslaving by the Turks. Buy at once ticket for BABA VIDA and museum Konak(4+1 lev).  more »
  • This is one of the few not destroyed fortresses and castles from the great history of Bulgaria (over 1300 years). It is a must see place in the country, but we the Bulgarians have forgotten it for our...  more »
  • It is the city's attraction. It was built on the ruins of the Roman fortress Bononia. This was at the crossroads of the Danube roads, and that is why it was always a reason for war. A remarkable bloom...  more »
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  • It's a good place to visit if it's on your way. However would not travel far just to see it. It is a place of history, but there are better things to see around Bulgaria.
  • I am not sure you can visit the inside of the building, but just by a stroll around is worth seeing.
  • That's a remarkable historical place. It's the only one fully preserved fortress, dating in Roman times with some additional structures. From the top of the fortress is revealed stunning view to the Denube River and the bridge between the cities of Vidin and Kalafat.
  • Fun to walk around and explore but not if you have to pay. The ticket office was empty when we went - had we paid we would have been a bit frustrated
  • Pretty well preserved fortress. Could use some more decoration but nothing to complain about. Pro tip for​ visitors: last Thursday of each month - no entry fee.
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