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Silistra (a.k.a. Silistria) is a port city of northeastern Bulgaria. Population: 42,000 (?); 53,500 (1985); 48,000 (1974); 12,055 (1908); 12,133 (1900); 11,718 (1892). It lies on the southern side of the lower Danube river which until this point forms the country's border with Romania.
Founded as the Roman Durostorum, Silistria was a fortress of great strength, occupying the northeast corner of the famous quadrilateral (Rustchuk , Silistra, Shumla , Varna), but its fortifications were demolished in accordance with the Treaty of Berlin, 1878. The city was a part of Romania between 1913 and 1940.
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