Visiting Vidin on the Danube river for the first time


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I had a chance to travel the past weekend to a very interesting town - Vidin. I am saying interesting because it is situated in north-west Bulgaria on the Danube river bank, very close to the Romanian and Serbian border. It is famous mostly for its ancient fortress but I realised there are much more things to explore. Let me tell you about them.



The cathedral temple “St. Dimitar" was the first thing I visited and I was surprised because it turned out to be the second largest in Bulgaria. In the beginning, it was wooden, then people of Vidin started the construction of the temple that was built upon the foundation of stones taken from a Bulgarian-Serbian graveyard. There weren’t enough funds, that’s why the construction took a while.


Inside the temple, the columns are square shaped sticking to the Catholic tradition, instead of round shaped. The frescoes on the walls were painted by a talented shepherd, sent by his fellow-villagers  to study in Russia with money raised by them. One of the paintings represents the faces of the Bulgarian national heroes (on the photo above). The temple is the only one with 3 altars in entire Bulgaria.


The next stop was the mosque of Osman Pazvantoğlu situated near the Danube river. Osman built the mosque in honour of his father, and the library next to it - of his mother. He was famous for his bold temperament. Abdülaziz even sent him his army because the ruler was taking more from people on the other side of the river, and less from the people of Vidin.


Very close to the mosque there is an orthodox church “St. Nicolay” and a Jewish Synagogue. The synagogue was the highlight of the trip – we were staring speechlessly at its ruined yet beautiful figure. It's the second biggest synagogue in Bulgaria after the one in Sofia, and they even say it is more beautiful. And indeed it was gorgeous. It was long used as a storehouse, later its dome was removed for safety reasons.


Nowadays there is a debate whether “Baba Vida” is a fortress or a castle. It was built during the rule of tsar Peter I of Bulgaria, and today it is the only fully preserved Bulgarian fortress.


The legend says that there were 3 sisters – Vida, Kula and Gumza. Two of them married Serbian and Romanian rulers. Vida took the decision not to marry, but she fell in love with one of the architects of the fortress. And since her decision was already public, she ordered to kill him. She lived in the castle until old ages, that's why they named it after her.




The fortress is well preserved, and the archaeological finds prove that it was a military fortress. Besides that, it is being the home of an art festival for youngsters that takes place every summer – The bridge.







I was also very happy to walk along the Danube river and to see the beautiful Danube park.



Vidin region can offer many places to visit – the Belogradchik rocks, the village of Stakevsi and the Stakevtsi houses, the nearest Romanian town Kalafat, and even Serbia, which is also very close. What do you think of this part of Bulgaria? Would you visit it?


Visiting Vidin on the Danube river for the first time Visiting Vidin on the Danube river for the first time Reviewed by Stanislava E. on October 04, 2016 Rating: 5

33 comments:

  1. Morning Sany! Definitely, I would! There are lots of things to visit indeed and is also very picturesque! The fortress itself is outstanding, makes me feel in awe. You look gorgeous, I see u are having a great time there! Enjoy your week Sany, kisses! xo

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    1. The fortress is so picturesque indeed. Thank you, Lilli!

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  2. Good morning, Sany and wow, what a great read for me early this morning. That is a beautiful town, very historical and I would love to get the opportunity to visit. May I ask what's the main religion in Bulgaria?

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Hehe, glad you enjoyed this post, Shireen! Sure, you can - it's Bulgarian Orthodox.

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  3. The Danube is beautiful! When I used to visit my sister in Austria, the room's window view was of the Danube. It sounds like you had a lovely time visiting on the weekend. This part of Bulgaria looks really beautiful, also I think the art festival would be fun.
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    1. I saw the Danube river in Vienna for the first time. Yes, this part of Bulgaria is very beautiful and offers many things to see and do.

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  4. The photos in this post are so pretty especially the ones that include the Danube river. I love that you always explore beyond the usual attractions whenever you travel! You have such a great sense of adventure and I always enjoy the places you introduce us to! Happy new month to you Sany!

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    1. Thank you, Rowena! I prefer less popular destination because somehow they are more special to me. Happy new month to you too!

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  5. This part of Bulgaria is so full of history and it would be the kind of place that I would very much enjoy discovering.

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    1. That's right - this part of Bulgaria is rich in history and there are many landmarks that could be explored.

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  6. Страхотни кадри и разказ от прекрасно място! :)

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    1. Благодаря ти, Мими! :)

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  7. Zdravei Sany!
    Thanks for this historic knowledge, definitely learned a lot and I would love to go there. I have heard great things about the Danube river and it still amazes me that you can see the Romanian and Serbian borders.
    Mnogo mi e priqtno che se zapoznahme. Priqtna Sedmica! <3 Radi

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    1. Здравей, Ради! Благодаря ти за коментара! И аз се радвам, че се запознахме. Хубава и успешна седмица и на теб!

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  8. Hello Stanislava,
    I must confess that I am very impressed by the beauty of this place :the fortress ,the Cathedral and all this beautiful landscape and the mixture remains that chronicles the past..
    thank you for this wonderful post!
    xx
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    1. I am glad you like this place, Helena!

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  9. What an ornate temple but the ruined synagogue is equally impressive. Nice to see some photos of you on the blog!

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    1. The synagogue was impressive! Too bad it's almost ruined... Thanks!

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  10. I have visited Vidin many years ago. These details are very interesting.

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  11. I would love to visit this part of Bulgaria as it looks so intersting and full of history. I really enjoy exploring places like this and finding out more about them so your post made for a very intersting read for me and intrigued to visit there in the future :) x

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    1. Thank you. Yes, this part is full of history indeed. Glad to hear you enjoyed this post!

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  12. Hi Sany! I really like the fact you have showed Bulgaria from different, a little mysterious side here - I know that your country has rich history, but I haven't had idea about this castle - Baba Vida. I enjoyed to read the legend, which explains why this place was called in that way, it's always welcomed to learn something new. What's more, you took terrific photos, dear!

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    1. I am glad you like the way I write about Bulgaria and that I show the not-so-popular destinations. Thank you for your compliments, Ivonne!

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  13. What a charming, enchanting place. I would surely love to visit here.

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  14. I just love travel diaries like this, it feels as though I'm also there, wandering through the streets :) The painted walls are really special and your outfit is perfect for exploring!

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  15. Hope you're having lovely evening, Sany! :)

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  16. Ау колко кътчета на България не съм посещавала. Видин изглежда забележителен с толкова много културни кътчета и как е събрал храмове на различни религии.

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    1. Vidin is a must! Предлага много интересни места за посещение, сигурна съм, че ще ти хареса.

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  17. Danube definitely unites our two countries and some photos remind me so much of Belgrade :) Wow! The place has so much to offer! So much history and different influences, stories, impressions. I literally had a feeling I was there. Your photos and descriptions always make me feel like I'm there with you and I've learned so much about Bulgaria thanks to you. I'm sure I'm not the only one :) What can I say? You know how much I enjoy discovering new places and absorbing everything around me. That place is a true gem and definitely something I would love to visit :)

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    1. I am very happy to hear that you like the posts in this blog, Tijana! I know you are a traveler by heart, and I have no doubt you would enjoy visiting Vidin.

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