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Tutrakan
Тутракан
Memorial of the Tutrakan battle in the Military cemetery of Tutrakan

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Tutrakan is located in Bulgaria
Tutrakan
Location of Tutrakan
Coordinates: 44°3′N 26°37′E / 44.05°N 26.617°E / 44.05; 26.617
Country  Bulgaria
Province
(Oblast)
Silistra
Government
 - Mayor Georgi Georgiev
Elevation 107 m (351 ft)
Population (13.09.2005)
 - Total 11,516
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 7600
Area code(s) 0857

Coordinates: 44°3′N 26°37′E / 44.05°N 26.617°E / 44.05; 26.617

Tutrakan (Bulgarian: Тутракан) is a town in northeastern Bulgaria, part of Silistra Province. It is situated on the right bank of the Danube opposite the Romanian town of Olteniţa (to which it is linked through a ferry), in the very west of Southern Dobruja, 58 km east of Rousse and 62 km west of Silistra.

The town was founded by the Ancient Romans in the end of the first half of the 1st century under the name Transmarisca. The settlement was part of the Roman military boundary in the 1st and 3rd century and reached its apogee in the 4th century, when, under the personal management of Diocletian, it was made one of the largest strongholds of the Danubian limes.

The ancient town and fortress were destroyed in the beginning of the 7th century and the modern town carrying its present name emerged in the end of the century, remaining a military centre through the Middle Ages as part of the Bulgarian Empire, which was conquered by the Ottomans in the late 14th century.

Tutrakan was liberated from Ottoman rule during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78 by Russians to become part of the Kingdom of Bulgaria. After the Second Balkan War, it was incorporated, along with all of Southern Dobruja, in Romania until 1940, when the pre-World War II Treaty of Craiova returned the territory to Bulgaria.

During World War I, the town, then part of Romania, was the site of the important Battle of Tutrakan during which mostly Bulgarian Central Powers forces defeated decisively the Romanian Army.

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Tutrakan Peak on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica is named after Tutrakan.

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