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.
Today name is honoring Bulgarian president Georgi Dimitrov, and it changed in 1951. And before that it was Caribrod. Traces of first people date from 3000 years btc.
History 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 concluded 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 of 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. After 1951. name changed in Dimitrovgrad today.
Large Ottoman military base operated in the west of Dimitrovgrad prior to the Balkan nations full independence.
What to see in Caribrod and around
Near Dimitrovgrad, is Monastery Poganovo. Also Smilovo lakes, Savat I and Savat II, are near by. Beautiful nature around Caribrod can be seen on Stara mountain and in river Jerma canyon. Also you can experience Petrlaška cave. As place with rich and long history, it has many monuments of past times. Memorial monument Pametnik, dedicated to fallen fighters of battle of Neskos hill, during Serbian Bulgarian war in 19th century.
Photo of main street by Orin ZebestCC BY 2.0; Caribrod from Kozarica hill by
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