Krakra fortress in Pernik, Bulgaria

In February I decided to visit the International masquerade festival Surva in Pernik, Bulgaria, since last year I missed it. Looking at the area near the city I found one very interesting landmark – the Krakra Fortress.

The fortress dates from the Medieval ages and it is believed that it was built during the time of Khan Omurtag. The name of the fortress comes from the boyar Krakra who has ruled the lands around Pernik at that time.

Krakra fortress became known during the war with Byzantium when it withheld several cruel sieges.

Krakra Fortress

Several years ago, part of the fortress walls were “upgraded” with alternative materials, which caused great controversy in society. My personal oppinion is that it looks pretty interesting and different 🙂 Also for me the Krakra fortress is one of the best preserved forts I’ve seen.

As the fortress Krakra is located at a small plateau in the southwestern part of Pernik, it is ideally situated for taking pictures of the city from above.

I managed to catch the sunrise, which is really unique because the mountain in front of the fortress hides the sun, which lights up the whole Pernik city. The color palette is stunning.

The morning fog made the landscape even more dramatic.

The new upgrade over the walls of Krakra fortress gives you the chance to see all the  different parts of the structure.

крепост кракра перник

If you pass by or through the town of Pernik, you should definitely try to visit this landmark.

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