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Perperikon, Kardzhali Province

#38 of 77 in Historic Sites in Bulgaria
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The ancient Thracian city of Perperikon (also Perpericon; Перперикон, Περπερικον) is located in the Eastern Rhodopes, 15 km northeast of the present-day town of Kardzhali, Bulgaria, on a 470 m high rocky hill, which is thought to have been a sacred place. The village of Gorna Krepost ("Upper Fortress") is located at the foot of the hill and the gold-bearing Perpereshka River flows near it. Perperikon is the largest megalith ensemble in the Balkans.It is thought that the famous Temple of Dionysius is located at this location. A visitor centre is being constructed at a cost of 2.4 million Euros funded by the EU.HistoryBulgarian archaeologist Nikolay Ovcharov started the excavation works at Perperikon in 2000, and revealed the remains of ancient architectural complex.Human activity in the area dates back to 5000 B.C. The first traces of civilization on the hill date from the Bronze Age, while the ceramics found on the place date from the Early Iron Age, as well as the impressive round altar, almost 2 m in diameter, hewn out of the rocks. At Perperikon, a twelve days' journey from the sea, Medokos called himself king of Thrace after Sitalces's death in 424 BC, but failed to hold a throne.
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  • Maybe we should have bought a guide. As it was now, it was only imagination to understand what we were looking at. Actually the ruins itself are quite good and I probably would have given 4 stars if t...  more »
  • This place is definitely worth a visit even if you have to cross the whole country. Why? You'll understand when you get there. Full of energy and history through thousands of years. Nice view from the...  more »
  • Dated 5-7 000 years ago Perperikon is one of the ancient places throughout Europe, where we just see and adore without knowing exactly what was the purpose of the constructions made. it cannot be comp...  more »
  • Amazing place. Ancient. Colossal. Must see!
  • Must see. Of all the archeological sites this one was fascinating
  • Amazing panoramic views. Unique rock formations. Very well maintained with footpaths throughout.
  • One of the unique archaeological sites in Bulgaria. Great views on the top.
  • Amazing place. Must to see if you visit Bulgaria.

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