Thracian Sanctuary at Tatul Village

Thracian Sanctuary at Tatul Village

Thracian Sanctuary at Tatul Village
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To the South-East of the Town Kardzhali 35 km for reference: 2.6 km south of Tatul, look for Sanctuary signs, Momchilgrad 6835 Bulgaria
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jmcmasters66
Munich, Germany14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Solo
There are two attractions with similar names here and people have posted the wrong pictures on them. It results in tons of confusion and in my case, an entire wasted day trying to find what was in the pictures when it wasn't accurate. Please pay attention to what you are doing and realize others rely on you!

The Thracian Cult Complex is not where Orpheus is rumored to be buried. It is not easily accessible and the little girl in the pictures is NOT there nor is the main picture of a view from a rock overlooking a green meadow. Both pictures were taken at the Thracian Sanctuary in Tatul.

The Thracian Cult Complex is south of Ardino, Bulgaria - a full 90-minute drive away. It is a massive stone hill with niches carved out of it. It is difficult to get to depending on the entrance you go in. It took me at least 45 minutes to reach it and I am an experienced hiker from Colorado. The path is unmarked at times and there is no protection from a steep fall when you cross the forest. There's a section of trail about 50 feet that is about 10 inches wide and made up primarily of pebbles and broken slate. No children should be on that path AT ALL. They will end up falling hundreds of feet to the forest floor.

Once you get there, you are in the middle of the forest. You can take all the pictures you want, but you won't get any kind of view other than a huge mountain of a rock with people-sized rectangles cut into it.

I found this out after first using TripAdvisor to go to the Cult Complex and it was the Sanctuary in Tatul. I left a review of that on the accurate name. I wasn't impressed. However, I wasn't looking for a view and some boulders. So I decided to look on Google Maps and use my phone to guide my rental car in BFE Bulgaria. It worked.

I wasted about five hours trying to find this - the Thracian Cult Complex - using completely erroneous information from other travelers. Even the Bulgarian Tourism Site has photos from travelers who have noted incorrect locations on the photos. I promise you it is where Google Maps says it is but don't get the two names confused.

It is a little south of the village of Ardino. It is worth hunting down. And please, I am HAPPY to help others avoid the issues I had and direct the to either one. Just ask me and I will give you details of how I got there. It was a beautiful but very long drive that day. I have some lovely pictures and do not regret the five hours.
Written September 11, 2017
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diti2005
Sofia, Bulgaria71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
Archaeologists suggest that Thracians used Tatul to perform various religious rituals. The Great Orpheus, the legendary Thracian singer, musician, poet and creator of Orphism might have been buried here.

Dated around 4000-3000 BC, the site appears aligned to the rising of the winter solstice and the setting of the summer solstice, similar to the Temple of Karnak in Egypt. One theory suggests that the Thracians apparently inherited vacated sanctuaries built by a forgotten ancient civilization.

For further information: "The Forgotten Civilization", Bulgarian National TV documentary about the international expedition of Prof. Anna Raduncheva (author of Prehistoric Art In Bulgaria From The Fifth To The Second Millennium BC), Geologist Robert Schoch, Egyptologist Robert Bauval and NASA Astrophysicist Dr. Thomas Brophy.
Written July 11, 2016
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
The Thracian sanctuary near the village of Tatul, Momchilgrad municipality. is one of the most magnificent megalithic monuments found in our lands. It is located only 200m from the village and about 15km from Momchilgrad. The sanctuary is a rock massif, and its peak is a rugged pyramid. The complex consists of two sarcophagi, a rectangular bed for the main altar and a three-meter well. The site is open for visits, there is security, and constant video surveillance.
Written April 7, 2019
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Otmar G
Feldkirch, Austria547 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
It's a long way down to Tatul in the Rhodopian mountains, but the scenery is interesting enough and the site is well worth the effort. We were lucky enough to be the only people on the site. It goes back to megalithic times showing huge stones with two sarcophagi at the top. There is a holy well dating back to the second millennium BC. Roman traces can also be found. Across the valley there is a huge symbol of a sun with its rays engraved on a rock. And the mythical figures of Orpheus is also strongly connected with this place.
Written April 22, 2019
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