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The Slavova fortress is 1 km away from the small town of Melnik. It is supposed that it was built in the 11th century. In the 13th century, during the reign of despot Aleksi Slav, the fortress was broadened and improved. The near town Melnik was important cultural, trade and religious center during the Middle Ages. During the Roman period it had a statute of emperor’s estate. During the age of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom Melnik was recognized as episcopal and metropolotan center. The object of the Savova fortess was to protect the wealth of the region, which was also a residence of despot Aleksi Slav and despot Dragota for a while. The area of the fortress was about 3000 sq. m. and was like long irregular polygon. Today only parts of the western walls are in good shape. During the excavations, parts of the south and the east walls were also found.
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