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Fortress Maiden Tower - Bukovo

Author: ROOMS.bg , 8.6 km From Marchevo.    , Адрес: Gotse Delchev, Буково , GPS coordinates: N 41.7097606    E 23.7023014
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 Late Ancient medieval fortress Maiden Tower is located in the valley of the Mesta river in the Pirin part - this is one of the most picturesque and narrow stretches of Lily ravine. Most likely it was built in the second-third century. Then it was abandoned and restored again in the XII century. Its name derived from tradition. According to him, the fortress was built by sharpening this edge sister of Tsar Ivan Shishman. There's a legend that King Shishman was married to her sister Mara Murad I - Turkish sultan, as erroneously hoped that this will stop the Turkish invasion. After 10 years spent in the harem of the Sultan, Mara refused to forget their roots and to change their faith. Consequently, the Sultan sending her into exile in distant corners Bulgarian, Macedonian are today. Lily Tower is a fortress, archaeological monument of national importance. It occupies an area of ​​about 500 sq m .. From the western part of the city wall has been preserved and has a height of 8 meters. The castle in the rocks is the only cave, which has several entrances, halls and galleries remains that prove the existence of a prehistoric settlement. Nowadays they have been walled entrances to the cave and can not enter it. The castle is accessible from the south and the country. There is an option for parking at the foot of the river. After nearly 200 meters along a dirt road, the path leads up and left in the courtyard of the villa only. The trail passes through scrub and-destroyed building in the west. Not long after making a U-turn in the direction of the fortress. Entire transition is nearly half an hour.

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