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Nikopolis ad Istrum

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A UNESCO site of historical interest, its name means The City of Victory and this site was once the largest Roman settlement in this part of the world. It was founded by the Roman Emperor Trajan after his victories over the Dacians in 101 and 106. It was built over an area of 30 hectares and is surrounded by fortress walls. The villas, the craftsmen’s workshops and necropolises are to be found outside the walls.

A network of streets, the forum surrounded by a colonnade and many buildings, a two-nave room later turned into a basilica and other public buildings have been uncovered in this town. Nikopolis ad Istrum even minted its own coins. This site is still being excavated and a team from the Veliko Tarnovo University can often be seen here.

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