How small is debatable! How ancient, too! We agree on the uniqueness and we all agree. How much do we actually know about some of the most ancient finds in Bulgaria, namely the Megaliths?
Let us dive into the world of magic, prophecy, relationships with the beyond, and these ancient civilizations once lived on our lands and left energy rich and ancient to protect us and protect us from serpents and witches. Let's look at one of the menhirs and dolmens in question, so well known in the world and very popular in our country. Uniquely constructed by human hand or the great interference of nature, we do not know, but they certainly fill us with wonder and intrigue with their legends.
The megalithic monuments in question are still under study by ethnologists, archaeologists, historians, geologists and other inquisitive people.
In most cases, they are made of stones or embedded in stone cliffs, certainly hidden deep in nature. Most of them reveal cultural and historical links between tribes and peoples who lived on our lands. The megalithic culture may belong to peoples who lived millennia before the ancient Thracians.
Here are some of the megalithic, rock-carved sanctuaries and the unique myths and legends of their respective regions.
Karadjov Kamak (Mostovo Village, Asenovgrad Municipality)
The Karadjov Stone is a huge rock cut wedged between two canals. It is located on the territory of an ancient Thracian sanctuary. The megalith exit (opening) is 20 meters high, about 3 meters wide. It is the entrance to the three worlds, which are the three peaks Karadjov Kamak, Belintash and Krustova Gora, and as the ancients believed, the peaks were of people, gods and the dead. The Karadjov Stone is a sanctuary dedicated to the cult of the dead.
Sunny Door - Momini Kamane (Starosel village)
The rock megalith near Starossel is the ancient site of the Thracians who used it as an entrance to the beyond.
The megalithic gate consists of two huge and round stone pieces, which face each other and form a passage - "Sun Door". The way it is built, the fiery dyads of the sunset go right through the gap between the rock fragments.
According to legends, the "Sun Door" is a passage through which the sun goes down and the souls of the dead pass by going beyond.
According to another legend, the name of the place is due to the love between a girl and a boy from a nearby village. The girl was so in love that she did not follow the order established at the time, and she gave herself to her beloved before becoming his legal wife. For this reason, the family rejected her and cursed her. In order to save the girl, she fled outside the village where she was caught by the oath of her relatives.
Near the village of Staro Zhelezare there is a megalithic monument that resembles the structure of the famous Stonehenge.
It was discovered in 2002 by archaeologist Georgi Kitov. It is made of 24 stone stairs arranged in a circle with a diameter of 6-7 meters. According to the archaeologist, this ancient construction was used as an astronomical observatory.
Gorlen Temple - Well (village of Gurlo, Pernik District)
The temple-well was discovered in the area of Pusto Garlo under Kula Peak in 1972 by an archeological team led by Prof. Dr. Dimitrina Mitova-Djonova. The temple dates back to the XII century BC. The facility is built in a cozy small valley dotted with many springs in prehistoric times. The southern part of the temple is dug into the ground. A seven-meter-long corridor with thirteen stone steps leads to a round hall, in the center of which a well 5 meters deep has been built above the spring.
Of particular interest is the construction equipment involved in the construction of the temple. The well is an archaeological site. A fragment of a stone ax, a tree and the bones of sacrificial animals were found to determine the nature of the temple.
The facility is dated to the Late Bronze Age.
Megalithic cult complex (Angel voyvoda village, Haskovo municipality)
The ancient megalithic sanctuary is one of the largest in Bulgaria and has the status of a cultural monument of national importance. The sanctuary is located on a rocky peak ‚known as" Asara ". On the ridge of the summit there are traces of a mighty fortress wall and on the rocks are carved above the 50 niches. At the pass to the height is formed a rock pool with trapezoidal shape and rounded corners, which probably served as an altar. In the highest part, three of the bison are carved with cult objects. On the east is a shaped tomb with five steps leading to it. In the immediate vicinity, a large, irregular quadrilateral is incised at the foot of the rock at the center of which there is a hemispherical indentation. It may symbolize the door (transition) to the beyond.
These are just a few examples of the many finds found in Bulgaria, of the many mystical and energized ones, hidden deep in the forest memories of the past. Let's keep them safe, I hope we can keep them safe and live in peace with them.