Osman Pazvantoglu

His grandfather was originally from the Eyalet of Bosnia, and part of the guards of the city of Sofia, hence Osman's name: pasban-oğlu, "son of the guard". Initially a mercenary in service to the Wallachian prince Nicholas Mavrogenes, Osman Pazvantoğlu disobeyed the latter on one occasion, and was saved from reprisals through Feraios' intervention. Having [...]

Churches in Vidin

“St. Matyr Dimitar” Cathedral The construction of the first temple of this name began in 17th C. It was wooden and lasted for about two and a half centuries. In it, on December 6, 1868, the Metropolitan of Vidin – Antim 1st /who later became the first Bulgarian Exarch / – declared the detachment of […]

Kozarnika cave

Kozarnika is a cave in northwestern Bulgaria that was used as a hunters’ shelter as early as the Lower Paleolithic (1,6 million BP). It marks an older route of early humans from Africa to Europe via the Balkans, prior to the currently suggested route across Gibraltar, and probably keeps the earliest evidence of human symbolic [...]

The Belogradchik Rocks

The Belogradchik Rocks (Belogradchishki skali) is one of the most famous and most impressive nature phenomenon in Bulgaria. They are a group of bizarre sandstone and limestone rock formations with different and amazing shapes, reaching up to 200 m in height. They form a strip, which is 30 km long and up to 3 km [...]

Baba Vida

The Babini Vidini Kuli fortress, also known as Baba Vida Fortress is situated on an area of 9.5 decares on the bank of the river Danube, in the northern part of Vidin. The fortress was raised upon the remains of the ancient town of Bononia. The construction of the medieval castle began during the second [...]