Wednesday, 08 June 2016 14:11

VALLEY OF THRACIAN KINGS

The Valley of the Roses: until recently, the picturesque valley stretching between the ranges of the Stara Planina and the Sredna Gora mountains was known by this name, at it was the centre for the production of the expensive attar of roses.

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Wednesday, 08 June 2016 14:01

VOODOO CHRISTIANITY

"Idolaters! You are not true Eastern Orthodox Christians," the monk at St Spas monastery near Yambol scolded us while he was locking the gate of the supposedly miraculous cave spring his abode is famed for. Our sin? We had not lit candles when we entered the church. He, however, did not see any contradiction in the fact that the veneration of "healing" springs is a tradition that Eastern Orthodoxy in Bulgaria has inherited from paganism.

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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.

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Wednesday, 11 May 2016 12:04

MEZEK

Treasure hunting has been a popular activity among the people in the southeast of Bulgaria since time immemorial. However, apart from the destruction that it continues to bring, there are a few occasions where this illegal activity has led to extremely interesting discoveries. The Thracian tomb discovered near the Mezek village, in the region of modern Svilengrad, is one such story.

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Saturday, 09 April 2016 13:27

SBORYANOVO

Thracian and Ottoman heritage co-exist in a reserve in Bulgaria's north-east

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Thursday, 05 November 2015 12:59

VRATSA

Once thriving Balkan range town retains beauty despite economic downturn

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Tuesday, 11 August 2015 11:36

POMORIE TOMB

Mystery envelopes ancient folly near crowded Black Sea resort

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Wednesday, 08 July 2015 12:44

THE THRACIANS

About 4,000 years ago the lands of modern Bulgaria were inhabited by people who built fortifications and cities, buried their dead in monumental tombs, drank wine from gold and silver cups, and warred, traded and did politics with the ancient Greeks and Romans, with the Persians, the Scythians and the ancient Macedonians.
These people were the Thracians.

Published in High Beam
Monday, 17 November 2014 14:18

THE SILENCE OF THE STONES

Stone circle at Staro Zhelezare has survived for millennia, but is now slowly disappearing

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Tuesday, 02 September 2014 13:56

PERPERIKON

Magical Rhodope site tells stories of Dionysus, Alexander the Great and Augustus

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