The Kaleto Stronghold near Mezdra
The Kaleto Stronghold is situated near the town of Mezdra, upon a high rocky massif hanging over the River Iskar bed. The stronghold used to guard the access to the passages of Stara Planina. A village was spreading to the north, and over its ruins the modern town of Mezdra was built. This is where, in ancient times, passed the road which linked the Roman city of Eskus to Serdika.
The bases of the stronghold walls of Kaleto are raised upon remains from the Halkolite Epoch. A Byzantine defensive point was built upon the Roman fortress. Later, the stronghold was repeatedly broadened and fixed. Now, on the unreachable rock massif, you can see the fortress walls, built during the Roman Epoch, the Byzantine Era and the Bulgarian Middle Ages. The archaeological excavations reveal remains from different periods - houses, objects, parts of the street net. The objects, discovered during the archaeological researches, testify of the wealth and prosperity of the ancient town's citizens.
Recently, a defensive tower from the Roman Epoch was discovered here. It was destroyed in the middle of the 3rd century, and below its floor remained the food supplies that obviously used to be held there.