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Dimitar Stefanov

Brief history

The nowadays territory of Tutrakan and the area around it have been populated ever since prehistoric times. The Romans came here in 15 BC and erected fortifying facilities. During the time of Emperor Ulpius Trajan /98-117/ a settlement with the rank of a village was established near Tutrakan and a fortress with the name Transmariska was built. It was an important station on the road from Singidunum /Belgrade/ to Constantinople /Istanbul/. Archaeological excavations and finds prove that the Slavs settled in Tutrakan and its surroundings in the second half of the 6th century, inhabiting the ancient settlements. In 1388, Tutrakan fell into hands of the Turks and turned into a small village. After the Liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman rule (1878), Tutrakan had an economic and cultural upsurge. The established port contributed to the development of trade and Tutrakan started to maintain foreign trade contacts with Europe, Asia and Africa. It became well known as the centre of Danube fishermen and the renowned masters of fishing boats and "Danube water mills". Fishing boats were exported to Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Romania, etc.

Tutrakan is a town in Silistra Region, North-Eastern Bulgaria. It is the administrative and economic centre of Tutrakan Municipality. It is located along the Danube River. Tutrakan is a municipal centre with 15 settlements and an area of 440 sq. m.

Main industries of the economy of Tutrakan are the bread-making and wood and metal processing. Another important part of the economy of the Municipality is the meat processing and the sewing workshops. Traditionally, the production and repair of small-scale vessels is well developed in the town.


Ribarska Mahala (Fishermen's Quarter) Architectural Reserve

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This is a naturally formed fishermen’s village (the only one along the Danube River) with authentic buildings from the time of the Bulgarian Revival. The millennial existence of Tutrakan has been constantly connected with fishing, fishing nets knitting and its boats workshops. This ancient craft and means of living were practised by entire families. At the beginning of the century, there were more than 5,000 fishermen; more than a thousand boats could be seen at the fishing port.