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
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
Friday, 28 April 2017 14:20

STARA ZAGORA'  S MUSEUM OF RELIGIONS

Former mosque provides glimpse into spiritual past

Published in High Beam
Thursday, 23 February 2017 15:37

MYSTIC BULGARIA

There are places in Bulgaria that ancient tradition or modern lore have turned into sites that attract not only people interested in beautiful landscapes and history, but also those who believe that they will discover something otherworldly there. Supposedly haunted villages and sites frequented by UFOs rub shoulders with  "miraculous" springs and rocks, memories of dead clairvoyants and rumours of extraordinary events. To these, add in places venerated for centuries by unorthodox religious denominations or modern spiritual movements, plus locations that have inspired urban myths, and you will end up with a fascinating itinerary of mystic Bulgaria.

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
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 13:22

EASTERN RHODOPE

A good sense of direction in circumstances where maps are of little use, a willingness to ask the way, and an adventurous spirit – if you possess at least two of these qualities, it is time to head to the Eastern Rhodope. Even if you think you know this part of the mountain range, you are certain to come across strange landmarks and strange stories. Some of them are natural, others are man-made, and what they have in common is their ability to inspire the imagination.

Published in High Beam
Thursday, 05 November 2015 12:51

STONED RHODOPE

Wonders of nature inspire local lore and awe

Published in High Beam
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