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Trajanova Vrata - Trajan's Gate

Trajan's Gate

Ruins of the Gate of Trajan fortress

Photo: Edal Anton Lefterov

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The Gate of Trajan or Trajan's Gate (Bulgarian: Траянови врата, Trayanovi vrata) is a historic mountain pass near Ihtiman, Bulgaria. It was named after Roman Emperor Trajan, on whose order a fortress by the name of Stipon was constructed on the hill over the pass, as a symbolic border between the provinces of Thrace and Macedonia.

The pass is primarily known for the major medieval battle of 17 August 986, during which the forces of Byzantine Emperor Basil II were routed by Tsar Samuil of Bulgaria, effectively halting a Byzantine campaign in the Bulgarian lands.

Today, a tunnel of Trakiya motorway similarly known as the Gate of Trajan Tunnel (тунел „Траянови врата“) is located just near the fortress, 55 km from Sofia.

Text above: Wikipedia

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60 Km from Sofia, Bulgaria, on the highway to Plovdiv, there is a 7th century Roman fortress, Trayanovi vratsa, on top of a hill, with forest around, a small river nearby, and a high level of conservation.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 20th May 2013


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The ruins are only small, 60 metres x 40 metres, with stone and brick walls and many rooms in them, with huge towers at the entrance.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 20th May 2013


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The ruins form a fortification watching the passage through the mountains.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 20th May 2013


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There is also a tunnel which Adrian found, starting from the dexter (right) gate of the fortress, passing under the walls and going down to the river, about 25 metres down, to get water, as is the case with the Roman fortress of Sucidava, Corabia.

It is a beautiful fortress.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 20th May 2013






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