Location: Eastern Rhodope Mountains Type: historical landmarks; road trip; Bulgaria Suitable for children: yes; with a baby carrier for babies and toddlers
There are places where energies runs so high that you definitely can feel it; so ancient that history has left its mark in the stones, earth and air. Such a place is the ancient rock city Perpericon. Located in the southeast part of Bulgaria, in the Eastern Rhodopes, on a 470 m high rocky hill, above a lovely river valley, parts of it are dated back to 6th century B.C. So prepare for a little climbing up the hill on stairs carved in the rocks, should you decide to visit Perpericon. The climbing is not so much and the end you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view.
The ancient city is in fact a large megalith complex. On its site there are traces left from the Bronze Age, the Antiquity, as well as a medieval palace and fortress. Through the ages it has been inhabited by Thracians, Romans, Goths, Byzantines and Bulgarians.
Walking around the ancient city you will see where the former streets and homes were located, as well as the impressive system of altars, where probably sacrifices where made. You can also sit on a throne carved in the rocks and enjoy the view above the Perpereshka river. In fact it is thought that the name Perpericon (originally Hyperperakion) comes from the river and the gold-mining done in the region.
But most interesting is that legends connect Perpericon with Dionysus, the Greek god of joy, madness and wine. Archeologists have long sought his infamous Temple and the researches give prove that it was located right here. According to myths, two significant prophecies were made from the temple altar – the one that predicted glory for Alexander the Macedonian, and the other, made centuries later, predetermined the rise of the first Roman Emperor – Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus.
So have no doubt about it – this ancient place will surely enchant you – with its history, vibrations and view. Go and see for yourself.