The fortress near by Mezek village, the municipality of Svilengrad, is one of the best preserved in its original form fortresses on our lands. It dates back to XI century, the time of the Byzantine Emperor Alexius I Komnin (1081-1117).
The fortress had the functions of a border guard fortress. It protected the territories between the rivers Arda and Maritsa.
The fortress was built on the site of older settlements from the Early Iron Age and the late Iron Age. It occupies an area of 7 acres, which is a quadrangle of dimensions 110 x 60 m.
Its walls are made of stones, bonded with white mortar and decorated with three brick belts on the outside. Its defense is reinforced by nine towers over 10 meters high.
Until 1900, the castle's cobbles were preserved. The main entrance is located on the western wall. Another small entrance has a tower on the eastern wall.
Besides the view of the village and the surrounding area, in clear weather from the towers of the fortress there is a panorama to the Aegean Sea.
Mezek village, Svilengrad Municipality
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