Silistra, with its ancient name Drustar, is the spiritual center of the First Bulgarian Kingdom, owned by the founder of the Bulgarian state Khan Asparuh.
Twin city with Khmelnytsky, Ukraine.
Silistra region is located in the northeastern part of Bulgaria, with the administrative center of Silistra with a passenger port on the Danube. The municipal centers are Alfatar, Glavinitsa, Dulovo, Kaynardzha, Sitovo, Tutrakan. The population is over 130 thousand people. The relief is flat. Near Silistra is located the fertile lowland Danube – Baltata near the village of Aydemir. In the southwestern part of the lowland is the protected lake Srebarna, fed by several karst springs. It is up to 2.3 m deep. It is overgrown with vegetation, among which rare birds nest. Several islands have formed in the Danube River, some of which are suitable for recreation and tourism.
The city of Silistra – the ancient Durostorum and the medieval Druster was founded in 106 AD, when by order of Emperor Trajan on the territory of today’s city is housed one of the elite units of the Roman Empire – XI Claudius Legion. In 169, the philosopher Emperor Marcus Aurelius declared Durostorum a self-governing Roman city – municipality. Between the 2nd and 6th centuries, Durostorum was the main outpost of the empire against the barbarians of the Lower Danube. Today the traces of the ancient past are exposed and form the National Architectural and Archaeological Reserve “Durostorum – Drustar – Silistra”.
Education & Child Care
The educational structure of the district includes 27 kindergartens of various types and 50 schools. Specialization in the middle course is offered in the schools of agriculture in Sitovo, in the vocational high school in production technologies in Silistra, in the vocational high school in business management in Silistra. There is also a sports school in the administrative center. The district is served by three multidisciplinary hospitals – in Silistra, Tutrakan and Dulovo.
The educational institutions offering higher education in Silistra are represented by two branches of A. Kanchev University of Ruse and one independent school. Faculty of Pedagogy, Silistra Branch of the University of Ruse; prepares teachers in the specialty “Bulgarian language and foreign language”, as well as specialists in “biology and informatics”, “chemistry and informatics” and “physics and informatics”.
Technical College – Silistra at the University of Ruse “A. Kanchev” prepares specialists in a wide range of technical skills – “transport equipment and technology”, “automation, informatics and control equipment”, “radio and television equipment”, “electricity and electrical equipment”, ” electronics ”. Higher School “Agricultural College”, Training and Research Center Silistra, trains specialists in agricultural economics and farming.
Industry & Jobs
The economic development of Silistra district is determined by its natural and geographical features and traditions. On its territory there are large industrial enterprises offering a wide range of products: metal and woodworking machines, electronics, metal household utensils, rubber products, textiles. The food industry is particularly well developed – production of meat and meat products, refined sunflower oil, canned fruits and vegetables, milk and dairy products.
Well-developed transport infrastructure – rail and road network and river port provide good opportunities for connections with other parts of Europe and the world. The cargo port of Silistra is the only one in the Bulgarian valley of the Danube, with the ability to handle 5,000 tons of cargo ships. Preconditions for the passage of goods to Western Europe are created through the water corridor № 7 and the Rhine-Main canal.
Agriculture has a structural role in the economy of Silistra district. In the structure of plant growing in the district there can be three main productions – cereals and oilseeds, perennials and tobacco. Silistra region is among the few to have meat and milk processing enterprises licensed for the European market.
Cultural & Historical Heritage
Thracian, Roman, Byzantine, Turkish, Revival and modern presence have layered culture and values. Here was born Flavius Aetius – patrician, consul, supreme commander of the Roman Empire, the conqueror of the Huns and Attila, also called “the last Roman”.
The most remarkable monument of this era is the Roman tomb with unique frescoes from the middle of the IV century, made by order of a Roman patrician from Durostorum.
During the era of the First Bulgarian Kingdom under Khan Omurtag in Druster the Danube residence “The Glorious House on the Danube” of the Bulgarian khans and kings was built, in which in 896 – 897 Tsar Simeon the Great himself settled. In 870 the town received a Bulgarian episcopal chair, headed by Bishop Nikolai, and in 927 the first Bulgarian patriarchal chair was founded in Drustar, headed by the first Bulgarian patriarch Damyan.
Among the landmarks are the Silistra Tomb, the Patriarchal Basilica, part of the column of Khan Omurtag, the Architectural Reserve in Tutrakan, the protected reserve “Srebarna” for cognitive tourism.
Rents for housing vary between BGN 200 and BGN 300 per month.
Silistra Labor Office – 086 823 857
Regional education management: Regional Department of Education – Silistra (ruobg.com)