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Monday, January 11, 2010

Baba Vida Castle . . .BULGARIA

Built on the banks of the River Danube in the town of Vidin in the northwestern tip of the country, Baba Vida Castle occupies a commanding position overlooking the town. The present castle is actually built upon the foundations of a Roman fortress known asBononia which marked the Danubian Frontier of the Roman Empire from the first to the seventh centuries. Baba Vida Castle was actually built during the 10th century and is the only medieval fortress to have survived intact to the present day. The castle is protected by inner and outer walls and is ringed by a moat filled with water from the Danube. Today, the castle is host to a number of theatre productions during the summer and is often used as a historical film set. There’s also an onsite museum with exhibitions about the region’s history.