Imagine, looking at these spires of sandstone, that they are the towers and gatehouses of a citadel. In the evening light, high above the town of Belogradchik, we stood on the balcony of an amazing creation. Yes, it really is a castle. Yes, it's been fought over for two millennia. Yes, it's only a pile of rocks.
It's interesting to see one or two pop up along the roadsides, but to really appreciate their beauty one has to take in the whole expanse. The best view is from the fortress, looking out over the eastern slopes. Pillars and outcroppings march into the distance, filled in below by pines.
the foundation of Baba Vida castle). At the time, the region was a backwater, too far from the Danube to be easily accessible and quite unfriendly to Roman rule - the original castle lasted just a few centuries. But the place was too magnificent to let lie, and both the First and Second Bulgarian Empires used Belogradchik as a northeastern base and the Ottomans made it the capital of their Kaaz region.