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.Archaeologists have uncovered a giant multi-story palace and an imposing fortress built around the hill, with walls as thick as 2.8 m. These date from the time of the Roman Empire. Temples and residential quarters were also constructed in the fortress. The megalithic complex has been laid in ruins and re-erected many times throughout history.Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kardzhali trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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Μοναδικό μεγαλιθικό μνημείο, εύκολα προσβάσιμο με αυτοκίνητο μέχρι ένα σημείο και πλακόστρωτο μονοπάτι μέχρι την κεντρική πύλη.. Προμηθευτείτε από πριν χάρτη με πληροφορίες γιατί δυστυχώς στο χώρο δεν... more »Unique megalithic monument, easily accessible by car until a point and paved path up to the main gate ... Buy before map with information because unfortunately in space there are no explanatory signs for the attractions of the ancient city. However extraordinary experience, you must live anyone passes by the area of the Rhodopes!!
You'll need to either rent a car or jump on a tour to get here, but it's definitely worth the effort. This was the highlight of my trip to Bulgaria. 8000+ years of history free for roaming at your wil... more »
Perperikon Bulgaristan - Kırcaali ilinde bulunuyor! Antik bir yer! Bol manzaralı! Ve çok bilgilendirici bir yerdir! Kesinlikle ziyaret edilip görülmesi gereken bir yer! more »Bulgaria perperikon-Kardzhali province! Ancient! Plenty of views! And is very informative! Definitely a place to be seen whether to visit!
Amazing place! Exquisite views with such historic relevance. Must see if you're staying near by. For people complaining about the lack of signs. You can easily read up yourself, but even if not the views and the fact that people were able to make these structures so long ago is fascinating.
Dissapointed because of the lack of signs and descriptions. Even if u buy a map u need a lot of imagination to find out what u see. In my opinion, instead of spending the EU money for the fancy path they should have built a decent WC.
The place is wonderful for people who like archeology and ancient culture. But there are no maps or any signs to show you what are you seeing, and if you are not aware of the history of the place you won't be able to understand the ancient ruins. The price is not worth, because there is no free toilet or places for rest. The parking is paid as well. There is one water spring, but is situated at the beginning of the tour, so you should bring bottles and hats. I wouldn't go back there in the summer. There is the smallest vegetable garden in the world, as you can see from the photos :)
Truly spectacular ancient Thracian site. On a par with, if not better than, Mycenae in Greece. The 360 degrees view at the top is stunning. You need a car to get there. In the summer, go late afternoon to avoid the heat. Souvenir shops at the entrance sell water and hats.
Absolutely worth to visit it. Nice view from th. buy a map at the parking place,it's helpful.
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