Belogradchik Fortress

Belogradchik Fortress

Are a hundred years too many? In comparison to a human life, it is a long time. And what about a thousand? It really is a lot! Well, what about fifteen million years! This is incomparable! A man would give everything to see something that looks the same as before fifteen million years. How many are such places on our planet? Not more than four or five. And did you know that one of them is located in Bulgaria? Incredible! Before long, long time, Earth was an inhospitable and frightening place. Powerful volcanoes and earthquakes, monstrous floodings and hurricanes have created the mountains and valleys of the young planet, changing the direction of the rivers and seas sites. It lasted too long and when heaven and ground forces were already tired, the ground finally was in peace. It was, however apparent, because at that time lived large and bloodthirsty animals and creatures that competed not only for the food, but also for the only shelters at that time – the caves. People understood that they can overcome the big beasts and banish them from there, only if they unite in large groups. So, a tribe of primitive people started living in the cave, which today we call “Magura”. At first they only went out to get food and materials for tools and weapons. But since the temperature in the cave was constant, but too low, people began to bring in trees and branches that they used for building houses inside the cave. They stuck wooden stakes in the cave clay, and on them they built the walls and floors from entwined rods plastered with yellow clay. They also made paths and stone steps, which helped them to move easily around the village and masonry ovens, which were used for cooking and baking a variety of dishes. Hunting related to the livelihood of the tribe and their meetings with the wild beasts in the wild were too impressive for the people, so they painted them on the walls of the cave. Schematic and simplified, they depict unique male and female figures, unknown animals, strange characters and lines. In front of our eyes reveal scenes from the life of cavemen, who inhabited our land thousands of years ago. Perhaps accidentally, but the material used for the drawings was in close proximity and abundance in the halls of the cave, and this is the bat manure, which is due bas bulge of the drawings. Over the years, the rock uncovered with guano was weathering under the influence of atmospheric moisture and gradually was collapsing on the floor, and the drawings preserved by the “paint” naturally protruded a few millimeters above the bedrock. Stepping into the cool rock darkness in wet clay, one becomes aware of the brevity of their earthly sojourn – as a moment in the timelessness of nature, written by the amazing forms of this unique underworld. The world of caves, which will always hide some magic laced with mystery and mysticism associated with the emergence and overwhelming their long time of existence. Has the “Magura” cave revealed through it’s secret? Hardly!

Belogradchik Travel tips and Destination guides
  • A 2000-year-old fortress        
  • Rock formations
  • Ancient History
  • In the catalog of the 100                National Tourist Sites
  • Steep stairs
  • High canaries
  • Prepare comfortable shoes

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Combined ticket including the following sites: Fortress "Kaleto"; "Magura" Cave; Museum of History; Museum of Natural History; Art Gallery

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Currency: The official currency of Bulgaria is the Bulgarian LEV (BGLV). 1 LEV is equivalent to 0.51 Euro.

Belogradchik, 23 Poruchik Cholakov St

From 01 January to 31 March - 09.00 - 17.00

m. April - 09.00 - 18.00

m. May - 09.00 - 19.00

m. June - August - 09.00 - 20.00

m. September - 09.00 - 19.00

m. October - 09.00 - 18.00

m. November - December - 09.00 - 17.00

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Important inforamtion – The “Kaleto” fortress is the most visited tourist site in the region of Belogradchik. There is a paid parking lot in front of the entrance at a price of BGN 2.60 for cars and BGN 6 for buses. The price of the parking is one-time and is not charged per hour. There is a public toilet near the entrance to the fortress. For the tour of the site, we recommend that you wear comfortable, appropriate shoes, as you will be walking on paths, rocks and stairs. At the cash desk in front of the entrance, you can get an audio guide made in 3 languages – Bulgarian, English and Romanian.

The fortress "Kaleto" is located in the town of Belogradchik. There are hiking trails and guest houses in the immediate vicinity. From the "Accommodation" button you can find where to stay.

Our restaurants offer both local and regional delicios dishes. To find your dining location, please click the botton below

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