Tuesday, 02 July 2019 10:29

BELINTASH SHRINE

Ancient Thracian rock sanctuary inspires modern legends

Published in Vibrant Communities
Wednesday, 29 May 2019 14:11

SUN FORTRESS

Thracian rock sanctuary at Angel Voyvoda village mesmerises

Published in Vibrant Communities
Wednesday, 27 March 2019 18:36

BIZARRE BULGARIA

Beauty may be in eye of beholder, but oddness is easier to define

Published in High Beam

The heritage of the ancient Thracians, a people that inhabited what is now Bulgaria between the 2nd millennium BC and the 7th century AD, includes lavishly decorated tombs, gold treasures, and mysterious rock shrines.

Published in High Beam
Monday, 30 July 2018 13:12

HARMAN KAYA THRACIAN SANCTUARY

Spectacular shrine, ancient observatory near Bivolyane, in Rhodope

Published in High Beam
Tuesday, 06 March 2018 14:57

BEGLIKTASH, A MEGALITH IN WINTER

Tourist crowds tend to spoil places and Begliktash is not an exception. Located near Primorsko, on Bulgaria's crowded southern Black Sea coast, the Thracian megalithic shrine gets crammed in the holiday season. There are package tourists, there are independent visitors, and there are garish and sometimes rather kitschy reenactments of ancient Thracian rituals organised by the local authorities.

Published in High Beam

Dragon houses: until not that long ago, this was what Bulgarians called the squat, sturdy dolmens littering the low ridges of the Strandzha and Sakar mountains.

Published in High Beam
Friday, 28 April 2017 14:20

STARA ZAGORA'  S MUSEUM OF RELIGIONS

Former mosque provides glimpse into spiritual past

Published in High Beam
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 15:35

MISHKOVA NIVA

Enigmatic tomb on border with Turkey baffles historians

Published in High Beam
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 11:25

BEGLIKTASH

A short drive north of Primorsko, a resort town on the southern Bulgaria Black Sea coast, you will find a site that challenges the imagination.

The ancient Thracian sanctuary known with the Turkish word Begliktash stands in a meadow that opens up dramatically before you after a 40-minute walk along an overgrown path through the oak forest of the Strandzha. Anticipation builds even before you start on the path because just where it begins is the Dragon's Houses, a Thracian dolmen hidden by a canopy of tree branches.

Published in High Beam
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