Russe - Bulgaria

Russe is a city in northern Bulgaria, on the River Danube near the mouth of the Rusenski Lom. An industrial city and the biggest river port on the Danube, it was once a garrison port of the Roman Danube fleets. The town, which began as a fortified Roman harbour called Sexantaprista ("Sixty Ships") in the 1st century BC, was destroyed by barbarians in the 7th century. The Ottomans built a new town, Roustchouk, which subsequently bore the names Cherven and Rousse. Under the Turks it became a vital military base with a fortress and was an established trade centre. The building of the Ruse-Varna railway in 1866, the first in the Ottoman Empire, further stimulated growth. After numerous attacks by the Russians, the city was captured in 1877 and subsequently owned by Bulgaria. Sights in the city include its oldest building, the Russian style Church of Sveta Troitsa, built in 1632 and featuring well preserved murals and the gold-domed Pantheon of the National Revival in Revivalists Park. Russe is also an access point for visiting medieval Cerven and the Basarbova Monastery. There are more than 30 cruises calling at this port. Click the month or cruise line logo you are interested in to see details of the cruises.