Dimitrovgrad is one of towns in Pirots county, in southeast Serbia. It is on the border with Bulgaria. It is the most southern municipality of Serbia.
Hisoty of Dimitrovgrad
Traces of the first settlements in the municipality of Dimitrovgrad date back to the time of eneolit (3.300 – 2.200 BCE). The territory surrounding the today’s town was inhabited in the Bronze and Iron Age can be inferred from the numerous archaeological findings. The ancient Romans built Via Militaris road in the 1st century AD. It was located through today’s town, as we know it today. Well preserved remains of the ancient road were excavated in recent years.
In 1433, these regions have fallen under the Turkish occupation. Many travel writers from various nations who have traveled the Balkans wrote down their observations and wrote about life in these parts. Suleiman the Magnificent, Turkish Sultan, who was with his army took a hike to the North in transit through the valley of Nišava (1521) wrote: “Finally I am in the village under the name Imperial well (Caribrod).
The legend about the name Caribrod says: On the way back to Turkey, on the site of today’s Dimitrovgrad, stopped the wagon Turkish emperor. Car wanted to go to the other side of the Nišava, however, the bridge was not there. Car therefore issued an order to form a bridge or a boat. To place the people then called “Imperial ship,” or “Caribrod” in Serbian. That is story about how the town got the its name. The name was carried till 1950.
Large Ottoman military base operated in the west of Dimitrovgrad prior to the Balkan nations full independence.
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