Archaeological complex “Tatul” is located 2 km west of the village of Nanovitsa and 15 km east of Momchilgrad. Only 200 m away from the village, in the “Kaya Bashi” area, is one of the most magnificent megalithic monuments on the Bulgarian lands. His exact date is still being argued, as materials from different eras are being discovered. The complex consists of an ancient pagan sanctuary and a medieval fortress. The central and highest place on the rocky peak occupies an east-west grave, full of massive rock, carved as a truncated pyramid. On the south side of the magnificent cliff is another similar grave, located in a hemisphere niche. The niche is covered with an arched stone vault. To each grave is a solemn staircase consisting of eight stairs. On the adjacent cliffs are formed cult sites, stairs to them, niches, chute systems, and pools for collecting some liquid. It is believed that the sanctuary dates back to the 12th century BC. “Tatul”, besides a sanctuary for the transfer of sacrifices to the ancient Thracian deities, was surely a center for observing the sunrise and sunset at certain days of the year – on the day of the winter solstice, for example at sunrise the sun fell into the ” a special rock slit. That is why the shape of the highest part of the megalith – a semicircle, like a rising sun. Read more…

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