Perperikon, Kardzhali Province

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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.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.
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  • 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!!
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  • 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 »
  • Bulgaria perperikon-Kardzhali province! Ancient! Plenty of views! And is very informative! Definitely a place to be seen whether to visit!
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  • An amazing place, a bit of history. When visiting here, you must take a tour guide to tell you about the different artifacts and legends. The place has a great 360 degree view of the surrounding area.
  • 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.
  • Много древно и приятно място. Траките са знаели къде да строят. Има какво да се види и си заслужава.
  • Amazing rock cut ruins from prehistory and later reused by the Romans and again in the medieval period.
  • One of the best archaeological sites i've ever visited, though you should look for informations about the site before going there. Nice view from the top, not very crowded and if you have luck, you can visit an ongoing excavation. I loved it.
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