Bulgaria – a country of wonders and legends

 Passing by Bulgaria do not miss to visit the Belogradchik rocks. Enjoy the unique beauty of the rock phenomena and immerse yourself in the majesty of Bulgarian nature and history!

 The Belogradchik fortress is one of the best preserved in Bulgaria. It was built in the 3rd century by the Romans, who used the natural protection of the rocks. It is assumed that its foundations were laid by the Thracians. Over the centuries, the fortress “Kaleto” served the Byzantines, Bulgarians and Turks. It consists of three yards, each with the possibility of self-defense. The fortress functioned continuously until the Serbo-Bulgarian War in 1885. 

Belogradchik is  painted in unique colors and shapes, full of legends and history. This small town is waiting to be discovered by everyone who appreciates and seeks the unique beauty of nature. 

On the unusual rock formations you can see natural bonsai. These are centenarian pines that grow on the tops of rocks. Although they are more than 200-300 years old, they are very small. One of my favorite things in Bulgaria is that you can find a legend for every fabulous place legend Bozhan Ovchar. Its name is associated with legends… According to an old tradition, the young people of the village every year on Easter measured their courage, dexterity and strength by climbing the inaccessible walls of the rock. These were the first mountaineering sports events in this area in the distant past. On top of the rock is overgrown with ancient pines, under the shade of which spent the holiday all who have successfully climbed to the top. They spent the day singing, eating and drinking. Whoever stepped on the rock first proclaimed himself voivode and had the right to choose the most beautiful girl from the village as his wife. 

Bozhan was a poor shepherd and his heart had longed for the beautiful girl Elka. It was not beauty, but magical beauty. Her milky white face, crimson eyes, and blond hair, which tangled like two dragons behind her, drove every youthful heart mad. That day, when Bojan was the first to climb the rock, he learned with sadness that Elka had been snatched from the seizures of the farm bay. From then on, for fun, he climbed the sheep one by one up the rock, where there was fat grazing and from where the chertoses of the Bay farm could be seen. There he inflated the copper flute and the pitiful sounds addressed to his beloved Elka resounded throughout the neighborhood. His variegated whirlwind ram always revolved around him, as if to share his grief. He pushed the shepherd’s tassel bag, and Bozhan broke off his bread and gave it to the ram, felt sorry for him on his strong back, spoke to him like a man. One day, as he was obsessed with playing, Bojan did not pay enough attention to his pet, who pushed him several times. Then the ram, out of jealousy or resentment, pulled aside, stepped up, and pushed the shepherd standing at the end of the precipice. Bojan flew down, and with him the ram. The sheep that grazed meekly around, frightened and true to their innate instinct for protection, one after the other, like a waterfall, jumped after the ram and their favorite shepherd. In the morning, people found Bojan and his sheep dead under the rock, and his honey flute – faded – stood broken to the side.

 In 2007 the Belogradchik Rocks were nominated in the competition “The New Seven Wonders of the World”. Although not selected, they reached the penultimate nomination and ranked among the top 77 natural sites (out of a total of 261 participants). More than 6.5 million people from all over the world voted for the native rock phenomenon

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