Samuil Fortress - Petrich
Samuel is a medieval castle fortress built between two mountains. Located near the village of Switch and the border with Macedonia. No one knows exactly when the castle was built, it is believed that was built in 1009-1013 year under the reign of Tsar Samuil. It is part of vnushitelno military fortification. The location of the castle makes it possible to monitor the entire passage, and has been used for military and strategic center. Samuil Fortress is part of the highly dramatic moment of the first Bulgarian state. In 1014 after a battle with Belasitsa Byzantine army, Samuil's army was captured. The king and his associates managed to escape unharmed, but by order of Byzantine Emperor Basil II the entire Bulgarian army was blinded. Nearly fourteen thousand men were completely blinded by a 100-tan soldiers have left one with an eye to be able to conduct blinded to the house, Samuel Although King remains intact in the tragic battle in his meeting with his blinded army not endure his heart and he died of a heart attack.