Bulgaria’s Bononia is largest Roman fort along Lower Danube


The Bononia fort located on the territory of northwestern Bulgarian city of Vidin is the largest Roman fort along the lower stretch of Danube river, according to an expert.

Bulgaria's Bononia is largest Roman fort along Lower Danube
Baba Vida, or the ruins of the 3rd century Roman fortress of Bononia, rebuilt by the Bulgars 
in the 10-14th century [Credit: Klearchos Kapoutsis/WikiCommons]

“There is no doubt that Bononia was the largest Roman fort along Lower Danube,” head of the excavation works dr. Zdravko Dimitrov from the National Archaeological Institute at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences said, as cited by Standart news.

The Bononia fort stretched over an area of 200 decares from the modern city center to the Baba Vida fortess. Its walls are 2.70 to 3 meters thick and the diameter of one of the towers is 8-30 meters.

Inside tower number 8, archaeologists found coins and ceramics which show that Bononia was built in the 20-30’s of the fourth century.

“This was a massive fortress system – the largest one to be discovered along the Lower Danube,” Dimitrov explained.

The artifacts found in the Bononia fort will be showcased at an exhibition in the spring of 2015.

The excavations of the ancient city Ratiaria which is also located in the region of Vidin will start in a month, Standart news informs. The Ministry of Culture has allocated BGN 80 000 for the excavations.

Source: Novinite [August 04, 2014]