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Ruse's development as a settlement is due to its position on the south bank of the River Danube where the river was deep enough for it to become a natural port. Archaeological finds date it back to the 4th millenium BC and during the Roman Empire's occupation there was a substantial port and garrison in the area - the Romans named the town Sexaginsta Prista (the port of Sixty Ships).
Following the fall of the Roman Empire the town descended into relative obscurity only regaining prominence during Bulgaria's period of Ottoman domination when it once again became used as a major trade centre.
In 1866 the emerging city became the Danube terminus of Bulgaria's first railway line, linking it to the Black Sea port of Varna. During this latter period of Ottoman rule the city enjoyed a relative autonomy, almost being treated as a free-port, but that didn't prevent it from being a hot bed of the Bulgarian Revolutionary Movement and the subsequent Liberation was greeted with the same enthusiasm here as in the rest of the Country. An anecdotal account has it that a crafty local merchant, forseeing the Turkish defeat, had stocked up on traditional headwear. Then when the news was announced the workers and servants threw their fezes into the river by means of celebration...the merchant made a killing!
Following the National Liberation and renewed ties with Western Europe the city entered its golden age which the architecture of the time illustrates. As well as the Revival period buildings there was also a strong influence of Neo-Classical, Neo-Baroque and other European styles which are magnificently evident around the modern city.
For the first-time visitor, arriving by train, the introduction to the city by its hugely-proportioned Neo-Classical Central Railway Station cannot fail to impress.