Bulgaria is the greatest country ever. It has very beautiful nature and really rich history. It is supposed that the oldest thinking man is buried in Bulgaria. It is a very mysterious place. If you want I can tell you much more things about our country and the mysteries connected with the space and the aliens.

12. The Buzludzha Monument  (Bulgarian: Бузлуджа Buzludzha derived from Turkish icy) is a historical peak in the Central Balkan Mountains, Bulgaria and is 1,432 metres (4,698 feet) high. In 1868 it was the place of the final battle between Bulgarian rebels led by Hadji Dimitar and Stefan Karadzha and forces of the Ottoman Empire.

The House-Monument of the Bulgarian Communist Party (or informally, the Buzludzha Monument) was built on the peak by the Bulgarian communist regime. It commemorated the events of 1891, when a group of socialists led by Dimitar Blagoev assembled secretly in the area to form an organised socialist movement that led to the founding of the Bulgarian Social Democratic Party, a forerunner of the Bulgarian Communist Party.

11. The Belogradchik fortress (Bulgarian: Белоградчишка крепостBelogradchishka krepost), also known as Kaleto (Калето, “the fortress” from Turkish kale), is an ancient fortress located on the north slopes of the Balkan Mountains, close to the northwestern Bulgarian town of Belogradchik and is the town’s primary cultural and historical tourist attraction, drawing, together with the Belogradchik Rocks, the main flow of tourists into the region. It is one of the best-preserved strongholds in Bulgaria and a cultural monument of national importance.

The fortress’s walls are over 2 metres (6.6 ft) thick in the foundation and reaching up to 12 m (39 ft) in height. Three separate fortified yards exist that are connected with each other through gates. The fortress has a total area of 10,210 square metres (109,900 sq ft). The Belogradchik Fortress was reconstructed to later become a proclaimed cultural monument. It is managed by the local historical museum authority.

10. Creepy Bulgarian Tree 

This tree looks like it has walked out of the pages of a Tolkien novel.  The 65ft-tall beech tree has somehow grown into the shape of a giant man, sporting proportional legs, arms, a chest and even a head.The tree, which is found in the heart of the Balkan Mountains, in Bulgaria, often leaves walkers travelling through the forest speechless.

9. The Varna Cemetery (The Varna Necropolis) (Bulgarian: Варненски некропол) (also Varna Cemetery) is a burial site in the western industrial zone of Varna (approximately half a kilometre from Lake Varna and 4 km from the city centre), Bulgaria, internationally considered one of the key archaeological sites in world prehistory. The oldest gold treasure in the world, dating from 4,600 BC to 4,200 BC, was discovered at the site.

8. The St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (Bulgarian: Храм-паметник „Свети Александър Невски“Hram-pametnik „Sveti Aleksandar Nevski“) is a Bulgarian Orthodox cathedral in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Built in Neo-Byzantine style, it serves as the cathedral church of the Patriarch of Bulgaria and it is one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world, as well as one of Sofia’s symbols and primary tourist attractions.  The St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia occupies an area of 3,170 square metres (34,100 sq ft) and can hold 10,000 people inside. It is the second-largest cathedral located on the Balkan Peninsula, after the Cathedral of Saint Sava in Belgrade.

7. Pobiti Kamani (Bulgarian: Побити камъни, “planted stones), also known as The Stone Desert, is a desert-like rock phenomenon located on the north west Varna Province border in Bulgaria. It is considered the only desert in Bulgaria and one of few found in Europe. The desert consists of sand dunes and several groups of natural rock formations on a total area of 13 km². The formations are mainly stone columns between 5 and 7 meters high and from 0.3 to 3 meters thick. The columns do not have solid foundations, but are instead hollow and filled with sand, and look as if they were stuck into the surrounding sand, which gives the phenomenon its name. Sandstorms and sand twisters have also been known to commonly occur in this desert region of Bulgaria. The Stone Desert is not only a well known European tourist attraction due to its desert like habitat, but it is one of few places where desert type vegetation such as cactus are known to grow. It is also the only desert in Europe in which desert reptilians and other desert type animalia are found to thrive. The Stone Desert along with the Tabernas Desert of Spain is one of two naturally formed deserts in all of Europe and the only known naturally formed desert in Eastern Europe.

In order to be preserved, Pobiti Kamani (The Stone Desert) was designated a natural landmark in the late 1930s. There are a number of theories regarding the phenomenon’s origin. The pioneering hypothesis can be divided roughly into two groups: suggesting an organic or abiotic origin. According to the former, the formations are the result of coral activity (but detail investigation shows no coral), while the latter explain the phenomenon with the prismatic weathering and desertification of the rocks, the formation of sand and limestone concretions, or lower Eocene bubbling reefs.

Based on a petrographic and stable isotope geochemical study and field observations, evidence exists that these structures represent an exceptionally record of paleo-hydrocarbon seep system (low magnesium calcite cements are strongly depleted in heavy carbon isotope 13C). The pathways of fluid circulation are recorded as columns set in sands, which columns after recent sand removal gave desert-like landscape. The dynamic reconstruction of the origin of these structures, the processes of fluid migration and microbial mediation of hydrocarbon oxidation leading to carbonate precipitation have been studied by De Boever et al. (2009).

6.Vampire Thumbs 

A “vampire grave” containing a skeleton with a stake driven through its chest has been unearthed by a man known as “Bulgaria’s Indiana Jones”.Professor Nikolai Ovcharov – a crusading archaeologist who has dedicated his life to unearthing mysteries of ancient civilisations – said that he had made the discovery while excavating the ruins of Perperikon, an ancient Thracian city located in southern Bulgaria, close to the border with Greece.The city, inhabited since 5,000 BC but only discovered 20 years ago, is believed to be the site of the Temple of Dionysius – the Greek God of wine and fertility. And among the finds at the site, which includes a hilltop citadel, a fortress and a sanctuary, are a series of “vampire graves”.On Thursday Professor Ovcharov announced that he had found a remarkably-preserved Medieval skeleton at the site in what he termed “a vampire grave”. “We have no doubts that once again we’re seeing an anti-vampire ritual being carried out,” said Professor Ovcharov. He explained that the metal was driven through the corpse to stop a “bad” person from rising from the dead and terrorising the living. “The ploughshare weighs almost two pounds and is dug into the body into a broken shoulder bone. You can clearly see how the collarbone has literally popped out.”He added that he thought the grave dated back to the first half of the 13th Century.Professor Ovcharov also discovered the remains of woman and a young child, laid out to create an image of the Virgin Mary and child. He said that this was done in an attempt to ward off the plague, which had started to ravage Medieval populations.The find is the third such discovery in Bulgaria, and bears a strong similarity to two previous graves discovered in 2012 and 2013 in the Bulgarian seaside town of Sozopol, 200 miles to the east of Perperikon, which were nicknamed “the twin vampires of Sozopol”.According to Bozhidar Dimitrov, who runs the National History Museum in Sofia, about 100 such skeletons have been uncovered in Bulgaria.

5. Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak In the midst of Bulgaria’s fragrant Rose Valley, the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak was discovered in the 1960s. A vaulted brickwork “beehive,” the tomb is part of a larger Thracian necropolis consisting of a corridor and burial chamber decorated with murals that have since been protected as a World Heritage Site.The murals that decorate the necropolis are of exceptional interest because of their elaborate depictions of a ritual funeral feast, fanciful horses, and traditional gestures of farewell. Near the ancient Thracian capital of Seuthopolis, these paintings are one of Bulgaria’s best preserved artifacts from the Hellenistic period.It is estimated that the tomb was built during the last decades of the 4th century BCE. Atop a rocky hill, it has three chambers required by the Thracian cult of the dead: an antechamber for the chariot, horses, or slaves which accompanied the dead to the afterlife; a corridor which stored things needed in the afterlife; and a burial chamber for the body itself.

4. Alyosha Monument! As we’ve mentioned before, Bulgaria was certainly a part of the Soviet Union, whether they liked it or not and possibly as a form of propaganda, massive monuments were constructed to represent soviet strength. Here we see the Alyosha monument which stands 36 feet tall in the city of Plovdiv. Built in 1957, this was meant to memorialize the Red Army gaining control of the city after fighting off Nazi forces during world war II. The striking presence is rather clear, as it sits on the top of a hillside, overlooking the city. Inhabitants of the town have mixed feelings about the monument. While some believe it’s a dark reminder of sovie t rule, others find it to be a work of art that attracts tourism to the area. The people of the city even thought about turning it into a giant coke bottle but instead, they just left it the way it is. It’s also used as an observation town, where people can take in amazing views of the valley around them. What do you think about this relic of soviet rule? Should Bulgaria hold onto Soviet monuments for tourism purposes or should they transform them into something less imposing. Let us know in the comment section and maybe we’ll feature you in an upcoming video!

3. Bulgarian Soviet Friendship Monument Also located in the province of Varna, another imposing soviet moment stands stall made of solid concrete. This stands right on the coastline of the Black Sea, so that it can be visible to incoming ships. The location of the monument also has historical importance to it. It was built on Turna Hill which saw quite a bit of bloodshed, where russians launched an attack against the Ottomans in 1828. It takes 300 steps to reach the top and the monument is 160 feet across. The four sculptures you see are of 4 soviet soldiers who are coming to rescue 3 seemingly helpless Bulgarian women. The monument tries to display soviet heroism and wants to represent how they’ve saved Bulgaria from foreign rulers throughout history, while they were sort of a foreign occupier themselves. It took 10000 concrete to build along with 1000 tons of armature iron for the structure. On the positive side, the Soviets added more than 20,000 trees to this project surrounding the monument which helps out with the environment at least. The structure opened in 1978 but was left abandoned after the fall of communism. Today it’s still visited by many tourists in the area.

2. Kaliakra The rocky coastline of the black sea in some locations can certainly create some dramatic breathtaking scenes. Located North of Varna, this peninsula is known for it’s still cliffsides, medieval fortresses and spooky history! According to legend, 40 Bulgarian women decided that they would rather jump off the cliffside and into the black sea, rather than being capture by the ottomans and used as harem girls. Many claim that they’re ghosts still linger throughout the cliffsides late at night. Other legends tell tales about an officer of alexander the great who seized a large amount of treasure then he decided to hide out here. However, on his way, he was met by a huge storm that sunk his ship! Could there still be treasure lingering nearby? Visitors of this mysterious piece of land can explore ruins of a fortress that was built here, a statue of an admiral F Ushakov dolphins and also the wind power generators that provide electricity to nearby areas.

1)The Devil’s Bridge Be careful about crossing the Devil’s bridge in Bulgaria, because it might just be possessed by the Devil himself. There are a few Devil’s Bridges throughout Europe but many claim that his one is one of the creepiest in the world and that the devil actually helped in the final construction.. It also gets this name for the ghoulish reflection it makes on the water and if you turn this photo vertically, you can see the horns and evil shape of the eyes! Legends also claim that a body of the builder’s wife was hidden inside this structure and builder had to made a pact with the devil to complete it. ! Some believe if you look around the wilderness around the bridge, you can find the devil’s footprints on the stones. No matter what the case maybe, this is certainly a spooky looking bridge especially when it’s foggy. Locals tend to avoid walking here late at night and.

sources Wikipedia, Youtube, Daily Mail, The Telegraph, Atlas Obscura

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