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Medieval Fortress Hotalich


Medieval Fortress Hotalich. This is a predecessor of the latter day town. It stands on a naturally fortified hill, 4 km to the northwest of Sevlievo overlooking the gorge of Rositsa River. It was founded sometime in the fifth or sixth century AD as an early Byzantine fortress and settlement, which came back to life in the tenth century and continued to be in existence until the end of the 17th century. It has a fortified outer ring comprising four residential quarters, two churches, workshops - all of which are massive stone-built buildings. The ring is surrounded by stone walls, parts of which have been preserved in their original 3 meter height as well as turrets. The fortress had five gates. An aristocratic residence is well preserved within the fortress as well as a small family church, troop barracks and warehouses.