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Tutrakan Military Cemetery, Tutrakan, Bulgaria

The Memorial complex “Military tomb – 1916” is the biggest military tomb from the wars for national unification on the modern Bulgarian territory.
In 1922 at the memorial was built an obelisk-monument, on which in Bulgarian, Romanian, German and Turkish languages is written “Honor and glory to those who knew how to die for their fatherland”.
In the memorial “Military Tomb – 1916” eternal peace is found for more than 10 000 soldiers and officers from different nationalities from which 2546 are Bulgarians. On September the 5th 1917 is the first commemoration of the heroic battle. On this day was established a fund for raising a monument for the soldiers who died for the liberation of Tutrakan.
Every year in the first Sunday of September at the Memorial complex commemorative ceremonies holds, with which the people honor the memory of the event.
In 2002 was developed a draft for spatial layout of the Memorial “Tutrakan epic 1916”. Park was built as part of the Memorial, scene was built too for official celebrations and two howitzers “Krupp” were installed as eternal guards of the Memorial. In the spring of 2003 began the construction of chapel “St. George”, which was officially sanctified on May 6, 2007 from the Bishop of Russe Neophyte, nowadays Bulgarian Patriarch.

Bulgaria, Tutrakan

Type of WWI-heritage

  • Military cemetery


The cemetery is 24 427 m2.

State of repair/preservation

It is in a very good preservation state.

Historical WWI Context

The Battle of Tutrakan in Bulgaria, was the opening battle of the first Central Powers offensive during the Romanian Campaign of World War I. The battle lasted for five days and ended with the capture of the fortress of Tutrakan (Turtucaia in Romanian) and the surrender of its Romanian defenders.

By August 1916 the Central Powers found themselves in an increasingly difficult military situation - in the West the German offensive at Verdun had turned into a costly battle of attrition, in the East the Brusilov Offensive was crippling the Austro-Hungarian Army, and in the South the Italian Army was increasing the pressure on the Austro-Hungarians, while General Sarral’s Allied expeditionary force in northern Greece seemed poised for a major offensive against the Bulgarian Army.

The Romanian government asserted that the moment was right for it to fulfill the country's national ambitions by aligning itself with the Entente, and declared war on the Austro-Hungarian Empire on 27 August 1916. Three Romanian armies invaded Transylvania through the Carpathians, pushing back the much smaller Austro-Hungarian First Army. In a short time the Romanians occupied Orșova, Petroșani, and Brașov, and reached Sibiu on their way to the river Mureș, the main objective of the offensive.

In response the German Empire declared war on Romania on 27 August, with Bulgaria following suit on 1 September. On the next day the Bulgarian Third Army initiated the Central Powers' first major offensive of the campaign by invading Southern Dobroudzha.

State of legal protection

It is public property.


The owner is the Historical Museum - Tutrakan.


Working time:

8.00 a.m. – 18.00 p.m.

Telephone number: 086660352; 086661345, e-mail address:

Entrance Fee

Free tickets.

Further information sources

For further information see:


Бойчев, Петър. Симеонов, Радослав. Те загинаха за Добруджа. София, ИК „Гутенберг”, 2016 г.

Първата световна война и събитията на Добруджанския фронт. The First World War and the events on the Dobrudzhan front. Сборник с изследвания. Тутракан, 2011 г.

Dobrudja – Politics, Society, Economy and Culture (XIX-XX Centure). Добруджа – политика, общество, стопанство и култура (XIX-XX в.). Тутракан, Ковачев, 2015 г.

Dobrudzha in the Wars for National unification. Добруджа във войните за национално обединение. Добрич, 2016 г.

Букурещкият мирен договор и съдбата на Южна Добруджа. Добрич, 1994 г.

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