Pirot Fortress

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Pirot fortress
Momčilov Grad
Момчилов град
Pirotski Grad (by Pudelek).JPG
Pirot Fortress
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Site history
Built14th century

Momčilov grad (Momchil's fortress) is a medieval castle situated in Pirot, Serbia.


It was built in the 14th century by Bulgarian brigand and local ruler Momchil.[1][2] In 1344, the regency concluded a further alliance with Bulgaria, which required the surrender of Philippopolis (Plovdiv) and nine other towns in northern Thrace along the river Evros. Nevertheless, after their occupation, Ivan Alexander refrained from direct action against John VI Kantakouzenos' forces operating in southern and eastern Thrace.[3] At the same time, Momchil, a former brigand whom Kantakouzenos had entrusted with control over the Merope (region) in the Rhodope mountains, switched over to the regency.[2] It was supposed to serve as a defense against the Turks on the busy road which led from Belgrade to Constantinople.

Pirot Fortress was declared Monument of Culture of Great Importance in 1979, and it is protected by Republic of Serbia.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Йоан Кантакузин категорично твърди: Момчил "...беше по потекло от мизите [българите]"
  2. ^ a b Fine 1994, p. 304; Soulis 1984, p. 24
  3. ^ Fine 1994, pp. 304, 307; Soulis 1984, p. 24
  4. ^ Pirotski grad

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Coordinates: 43°09′33″N 22°34′54″E / 43.15917°N 22.58167°E / 43.15917; 22.58167