EU-funded restoration project turns Bulgarian castles into laughing stocks

They were showered with millions of euros in EU funding to restore the crumbling walls and archways to their former glory.

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But Bulgaria’s ancient castles and fortresses have become a laughing stock after shoddy reconstruction work left the sites looking like they were made of "cheese and cardboard" and drove away tourists.

Conservationists have poured scorn on efforts to rebuild the medieval fort of Krakra and the Roman fort of Trayanovi Vrata , among others, after they were rebuilt using polymer concrete.

The ill-fated project was overseen by the Bulgarian government, drawing on its own funds and around 90 million euros (£80m) from the EU’s Regional Development Fund.

Both the EU and the government…

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