Beglik Tash (Bulgarian: Беглик Таш, Turkish: Beylik Taşı), is a prehistoric rock sanctuary situated on the southern Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, a few kilometers north of the city of Primorsko. It was re-used by the Thracian tribes in the Iron Age.Add Beglik-Tash to your Primorsko travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Primorsko road trip planning tool.
At the end of the 19th century, the Czech-Bulgarian historian and archaeologist Karel Škorpil produced the first scientific account of the sanctuary, which was then known as Apostol Tash. In 2002, Bulgarian archaeologists started excavations under the supervision of Tsonia Drazheva.
Beglik Tash – an expression whose meaning is probably related to the tax on sheep collected by the Ottoman authorities until 1913, the "beglik", and a Turkish word to describe an area made of large stones, "taşlar" – is a natural rock-formation consisting of megaliths of hardened magma that erupted from a Mesozoic era volcano.
Most of the megaliths have traces of carvings for the purposes of Thracian rituals. There are also the remains of a labyrinth that visitors can pass through. A Thracian sun-clock is formed from huge stones. There is also a 150-ton rock that rests on the ground in only two places, and a "womb-cave".
Archaeologists have found ceramic artefacts from the Early Iron Age (10th–6th century BC), classical antiquity, and the Middle Ages, as well as a man-made stone altar at the end of the natural cave which proves that it was used as a place of worship. Every day at noon, a ray of sunlight enters the narrow entrance of the cave, and projects itself on the back of cave. According to the Bulgarian archaeologist Alexander Fol some of the Thracian womb-caves had the property of letting the sunlight in only at certain times of the day, a natural phenomenon seen by the Thracians as acts of symbolic fertilization of the Earth womb or the Mother Goddess by the sun phallus of the Sun God.
The site is an open-air museum maintained by the Burgas Historical Society. It is visited annually by 40,000 tourists. Beglik Tash is located in the vicinity of two other Thracian sites: the city of Ranuli and the fortress of Pharmakida in the Strandhza mountain.
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Beglik Tash is an ancient Thracian sanctuary and a very mysterious, energy-charging place. By the artefacts (coins, pottery, tools of labor, etc) found in the area, it was dated back to the 7th...
Beglik Tash is an ancient Thracian sanctuary and a very mysterious, energy-charging place. By the artefacts (coins, pottery, tools of labor, etc) found in the area, it was dated back to the 7th... more »
You can go by car to the place, but if you are not in a hurry, leave the car and take a short walk in the woods. On eco-trails starting from Begliktash, visit the nearby natural landmarks in the...
You can go by car to the place, but if you are not in a hurry, leave the car and take a short walk in the woods. On eco-trails starting from Begliktash, visit the nearby natural landmarks in the... more »
First the zone is full of flies so even if you use some repellent it will be worthless. The whole area is beautiful, is better to use the car the whole way, there is an entrance fee. You must...
First the zone is full of flies so even if you use some repellent it will be worthless. The whole area is beautiful, is better to use the car the whole way, there is an entrance fee. You must... more »
Amazing place.. Classed as the Bulgarian Stonhenge. Lovely country walk leading to a wonderful small beach cove.
Ancient place of power, with impressive nature and views. I would recommend to take some snacks if you decide to walk through long routes
When you go you have to pay ana entrance tax to see a stone formation . I get that this fee is more for maintaining the grounds but the person checking you ticket was very rude. The place is nice but nothing to impressive.
3000 year old rock B.C
The guides they had in both English and Bulgarian were awesome tour guides for us. It was very hot day and the shade close by was amazing! Warning for people who are not used to walking get comfortable shoes for walking
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