Razgrad

Location:
Razgrad is the centre of the homonymous Razgrad Province. The city lies in the valley of the Beli Lom River that runs through the North - Easter part of the Danube plain.

History:
Razgrad has for many centuries been a natural crossroad for important transport corridors connecting Central Europe with the Black Sea region and Asia.  The earliest traces from human activity in the area belong to the Thracians and date back to the 4th century BC. Millennia had to pass before Razgrad was built on the ruins of the Ancient Roman town of Abritus. During the Middle Ages the town was a craftsmen centre and had commercial relations with cities in all parts of the Ottoman empire. After the Liberation of Bulgaria in 1878, Razgrad changed its oriental looks and today it is a modern town and an important centre for the Bulgarian pharmaceutical industry. The Razgrad province is one of the biggest Turkish populations in Bulgaria - about 1/3 of the total population of the area.

Things to see:
In the city:

The suffix "grad" means city in Bulgarian. According to some of the earliest hypothesis the origin and the meaning of the first part "raz” comes from the name of the Proto - Bulgarian and Slavic god Hors, and means sun and sun light. Today the small Bulgarian town has preserved its cosiness and multicultural feel with mosques and eastern orthodox churches erected side by side representing the natural blend of various religious and ethnic identities of the locals. Right in the town centre is the Clock tower - one of Razgrad’s symbols, built in the 19th century by the appreciated Bulgarian master Todor Tondchev.  Taking a peek at the Ibrahim Pasha Mosque, the third largest and one of the most intricately decorated ones on the Balkan Peninsula, is a must. The St.Nikola Church is representative for the Revival architecture in Bulgaria, and impresses with the beautiful wooden ornaments adorning the altar.
Razgrad is well known for its yoghurt production.  The annual Yoghurt fair takes place in July and it is a great idea to visit during the fest since there are celebrations and events all around town and you can try some delicious homemade yoghurt. According to specialists the unbelievable taste of the local yoghurt comes from a specific herb that sheep often graze on.

Out of the city:
Abritus Archaeological Reserve is located just 2 km east of Razgrad. It preserves the remains of the Roman town of Abritus, established in the 1st century AD as a Roman military camp that grew to become one of the biggest urban centres in Moesia Inferior - a Roman province that was situated in the northern part of modern - day Bulgaria. On the territory of the reserve you can see the remains of the residence of a high-ranking state magistrate. The building was used until the end of the 6th century AD when the whole town was destroyed. The biggest gold coin treasure ever found in Bulgaria was discovered here in the town of Abritus and dates back to  the 5th century AD. It consists of 835 coins and pictures of it can be seen at the archaeological museum established in the reserve. Another open - air museum houses the bigger archaeological artefacts found during excavations in the area, that provide evidence of the diversity of the peoples that inhabited Abritus through the centuries: Romans, Bulgarians, and Turks.

The Voden Hunting Reserve features one of the best Bulgarian game hunting grounds. The reserve stretches on an area of 15,000 hectares, mostly covered with deciduous forests. Red deer stag, fallow deer, mouflon, wild boar, as well as predators, fox, jackal and wild cat are common for this region. The outstanding service along with the comfortable housing available and the interesting hunting trophies, make for exquisite stay.

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