The city of Ruse is in the northeastern part of the country, on the right bank of the Danube, opposite the Romanian city of Giurgiu, approximately 75 km south of Bucharest, Romania’s capital, 200 km from the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast and 300 km from the capital Sofia. It is the most significant Bulgarian river port, serving an important part of the international trade of the country.

The city was founded at the time of the Roman emperor Vespasian over the period of 69 – 79 AD as a fortress called Sexaginta Prista, meaning The harbour of the sixty ships. In the Middle Ages the Rousse region was among the most developed areas of the Bulgarian state. At the time of the Ottoman Yoke Ruse was an important fortress and the maingate to the north of the Turkish empire. It was called Rouschouk.

Ruse has a continental climate with very hot summers and relatively cold winters. Owing to its position on the Danubian Plain, the city’s winters can get windy.

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