Silistra – natural beauty and lots of history


Silistra is a city of ancient cultural and historical heritage, through which people and civilizations have passed over thousands of years. They leave visible, often emblematic traces of their presence.

The city was founded more than 5000 BC by the Thracians and was called Durostorum. Then Roman operator Traian housed the XI Claudius Legion in a distant 106 years.

During the era of the First Bulgarian Kingdom the town changed its name to Druster. Khan Omurtag built in the city limits the Danube Palace of the Bulgarian khans, in which Tsar Simeon the Great established himself in 896 – 897.

Sightseeing in Silistra

Durostorum-Druster-Silistra National Architectural and Archaeological Reserve

The reserve covers much of the modern city of Silistra. The ancient Durostorum and the medieval Druster were of world importance and today the reserve contains unique restored monuments from the Roman and medieval Bulgarian times.

Danube park

The park is one of the beautiful sights in the city and one of the favorite places of the locals. Most of the planted trees are rare in Bulgaria.

Fortress Mecid Tabiya

The fortress was built as additional protection for the borders of the Ottoman Empire during the period 1841 – 1853 according to the plans of the German military engineer Helmut von Moltke (later he became chief of staff of the German army). In 1847, she was visited by Sultan Abdülmecid, whose name was named – Mecid Tabia.

Srebarna Biosphere Reserve

It is located near the village of Srebarna, 16 km west of Silistra. The Srebarna Biosphere Reserve is maintained in Bulgaria, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area was declared a reserve in 1948.

There are 139 species of higher plants found here, 11 of which are rare or threatened with extinction outside the territory of Srebarna. The reserve is mostly known for birds that can be observed on its territory. 221 bird species nest in the reserve.

Ethnographic Museum

The Ethnographic Museum in Silistra was opened in 1967. It is housed in a building dating from the mid-19th century, a former Turkish police building.

The exhibition area is located on an area of ​​300 sq.m. in 10 rooms. It consists of artifacts from the everyday life and culture of the people of the Dobrudzha region and Silistra from the middle of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century.

Roman Tomb

The Roman tomb in Silistra dates from the mid-4th century. It is famous for its rich wall decoration (geometric, animal and human figures, hunting scenes, the household couple and their servants), which were probably made by an Egyptian or Syrian artist.