Baba Vida Fortress


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 half of the 10th century, but during the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (the end of the 12th – 14th century) the basic construction was performed. According to a legend, Vida had been the eldest daughter of a wealthy Bulgarian boyar. Due to the unsuccessful marriages of her sisters – Kula and Gamza, Vida rejected all of the proposals for marriage, built the castle and remained in it for the rest of her life.
The fortress is surrounded by a moat, which was sometimes filled with water from the river Danube, and the bridge was mobile. Baba Vida had nine corner and intermediate towers with the walls and the towers ending with loop-holes.
There is a prison in the fortress, in which torture devices can be seen. The figures of an executioner and a prisoner with which the tourists often take pictures are attractive. Cannons and gallows are exposed on one of the terraces.

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Additional Information

Summer season
Monday – Friday: 08:30 – 17:00h ; Saturday – Sunday: 09:30 – 17:30h.
Winter season
Monday – Friday: 08:30 – 16:30h; Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 – 16:30h.
Students – 2lv, adults – 4lv. Lecture – 20 lv.