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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. Make Baba Vida Fortress part of your personalized Vidin itinerary using our Vidin tour planner.
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  • Not much to see on the inside, but viewing the outside reveals a grand medieval fortress. We kept exploring the interior, hoping to find something remarkable, but we couldn't. Just cruise by or walk a...  more »
  • We walked from our ship up the waterway leading directly to this structure. Structure is still in good shape with good views. There isn't much to look at inside but it was only $1 to get in. Nice craf...  more »
  • Although it has been converted to prison from the Turks, this small castle is the only one survived the Ottoman era in a relatively good shape. The view from it is nice, so is the local beach nearby. ...  more »
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  • Amazing fortress, must go place for everyone interested in history.
  • Beautiful place full with history.
  • Great place with a lot of history!
  • Baba Vida is a well preserved medieval fortress beautifully situated near Danube river in the town of Vidin, Bulgaria.
  • Amazingly preserved fortress. A truly magical place, which takes you back in time.