Just 22 km south of Borovets proudly stands the recently reconstructed guardian of the Samokov valley.
Tsari Mali Grad served to protect the iron ore, which was of great strategic importance from invaders. Pile of iron bars, ready for export were discovered in the fortress.
The strategic location of the fortress allowed monitoring of the entire valley and protection of its western side. The settlement itself is also related to the mineral springs, the deposits of magnetite sand and the strategic junction of two ancient roads.
Several years ago, archaeological excavations revealed that it was huge and covered an area of over 14 decares.
The EU funded the restoration project with BGN 5.5 M.
The project included the rebuilding of the fortress walls, and the construction of a museum and a church. There is also a lift from the village to the site.