KIPRINOS – IVAYLOVGRAD
Ivaylovgrad lies on the eastern fringes of Rhodope, in the southern part of Bulgaria, and dates back to the 10th century AD. The city is in one of the lesser developed districts of Bulgaria, with its characteristic Soviet architecture from the previous century intact. Ivaylovgrad is a popular destination owing to its unsullied natural environment and the dam on the Arda River, where organised ecotourism offers interesting recreation options. The most remarkable monuments in the area are the Armyra villa, an impressive 1st-century-AD Roman edifice with extraordinary mosaic floors; the Mediaeval Lyutitsa fortress, also known as the Marble City; Aterenski Bridge and a number of Thracian archaeological sites and 19th-century churches.