Nestled in the mountain landscapes of the Eastern Rhodopes, just 15 kilometers northeast of the town of Kardzhali, rises Perperikon – the megalithic sanctuary that captivates visitors with its historical significance and cultural richness. This archaeological wonder not only narrates the story of a bygone era but resurrects it with its grandeur.
Excavations conducted by Professor Nikolay Ovcharov, a renowned archaeologist, reveal majestic structures like the Palace and the Acropolis, which were previously hidden from the world’s gaze. This stone city, emerging during the Roman era, possesses a history stretching thousands of years back and creates an exciting sanctuary dedicated to Dionysus – the god of wine and ecstasy, beloved by ancient Thracians.
Legends surrounding Perperikon add an extra layer of mystique. According to folklore, the sanctuary’s altar witnessed two crucial prophecies – one predicting glory for Alexander the Great and the other foreseeing the reign of Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus Augustus, the first Roman emperor.
Perperikon not only awakens our imagination but also becomes a source of archaeological wealth. The inhabitants of this sanctuary created tombs, niches, and shrines, honoring the Sun God. Carved rocks and statues attest to their refined taste and belief in the magic of the Sun. Archaeological finds, such as ritual vessels and ancient artifacts, further breathe life into the ancient history of Perperikon.
A visit to this mysterious realm will immerse you in ancient times and Thracian culture, providing an opportunity to rediscover the mysteries of the past. Strolling through the excavations and the extraordinary mountain landscapes will leave you eager to return for more discoveries at Perperikon. Share this unique place with us and delve into the mystery of ancient times. Read more…