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Boyan P
64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
Amazing area with a layers of history found and displayed. Known as a Thracian sanctuary, but actually dating long time before and lasting more centuries after the Thracian’s. A place with strong spirit and energy!
Written November 13, 2022
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Ena S
Vancouver, Canada764 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This place is definitely worth visiting. The history behind the archaeological site combined with the outstanding panoramic views from the top will give you an incredible experience.
Please allow at least two hours to explore the site. Consider wearing shoes fit for hiking as there are lots of flat polished stones around.
Written August 16, 2022
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Denista Stoyanova
Sofia, Bulgaria33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
Stunning stones, interesting history and awesome view from the top of the hill.
There is a road which leads to the top. It’s not a hard road. I recommend you to visit it. 2 hours minimum are needed to take a walk everywhere in the village.
Written March 10, 2020
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Wolfchild
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
A combination of wonderful nature and ruins of an ancient city of Thracians and then Romans (historians say this unique place was inhabited 8000 years ago) - you really must see it! This magical place is situated about 10 km away from the city of Kurdzhali in Southern Bulgaria and the roads that lead you there from Sofia via Asenovgrad or Haskovo are fairly good and well-maintained.
Check the added photos - i have taken a picture of a sign in Bulgarian and English that says it all - about the temple of Dionusys, Alexander the Great and Rome...
Don't miss this really magical place!

Written November 4, 2006
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ShazamBoston
Boston100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Solo
Perprikon is a little difficult to get to but definitely worth the effort! It is an 8,000 year old fortress built out of rock that was first inhabited by "Stone People" who worshipped there. The Thracians built a palace, temple and tombs there, and it was the location of a famous Oracle of Dionysus, involving animal sacrifices with wine and fire rites. Later the Romans expanded the site, and added fortifications to guard the numerous gold mines in the area. Alexander the Great and later the father of the first Roman emperor came to the Oracle to hear prophecies about the future. It is a very important archeological site that is still being uncovered everyday.

The site is about 15 kilometers from the town of Kardzhali and requires a taxi or private car to get to. It costs only 6 lev per person to get there and 3 lev to park. There are almost no signs explaining what you will see at the site, which is about a 10-15 walk up a hill and walkway, and you can buy guides and maps at the bottom in different languages. There are no facilities at all at the actual site, but there is a water fountain where you can fill up bottles, thermos etc and bathrooms at the parking area. There is very little shade on top of the hill where the massive site is, so you should bring water with you for sure.

I would highly recommend spending the $30 lev to get an English speaking tour guide, which can be arranged at the site. Our tour guide was named Dora Todorova, and she was absolutely fantastic! I would recommend calling to make sure she is there that day, or calling her directly at 359-895-567-186. Her English is perfect, and she had tremendous excitement and enthusiasm for the history and significance of the site. I wish I had half of our enthusiasm and energy at my job! Dora was incredibly knowledgable about the history of the site and the site itself. In my opinion it was money well-spent and it was a very enjoyable tour.

We climbed the ancient steps and road built into the rock, saw the walls of the fortress, the palace and Thracian throne, Thracian tombs, Roman ruins, the alter of the Cult of Dionysus, Roman columns, medieval ruins, etc. The tour took about 2 hours, and Dora pointed out where the animals where tied up, the hinges of the original gates, graphics carved into the stone by the ancient worshippers, the irrigation system used for water and wine, the largest Roman reservoir discovered in the Rhodopian Mountains, the ancient Roman church from the 4th century with a highly decorated altar. The original altar is in the Kardzhali History museum in the center of town. We also saw huge amphorae (large clay vessels where wine was stored), and the wine presses cut into the rock at different locations.

At the top of the site, Professor Nickolay Ovcharov, the "Bulgarian Indiana Jones", was there on horseback directing over 100 workers at the site with pickaxes, pottery sifters, metal detectors etc. A few days before I visited Perperikon a gold coin was found, and recently an intact horse skeleton, spear and "vampire skeleton" ( skeleton with stake in heart, leg cut off so "vampire" couldn't chase after folks!) were found.) On the walk down we stopped to talk to archeologists who had just discovered a water dam system from Roman times and were in the process of digging it out.

In the ancient reservoir keep a look out for the large "walking fish" that look like giant red salamanders swimming around or resting on the wall. Not sure how they got to this isolated spot high on the hill but it was cool to see.

This is a fascinating spot and would recommend visiting if you are in the area. Be prepared to walk a bit in the hot son, so be sure to bring a hat, water and sun screen. In the future there is a plan to build a nice welcoming center with film, museum, etc, but not sure how far that is in the future. Now is an exciting time to visit as there is so much being discovered there all over the hilltop, slope of the hill, etc.
Written September 6, 2015
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Happiness30348978554
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
One of the worst things about Bulgarian tourist destinations such as Perperikon is that they charge insufficient amount of money for the place to be checked out. The 3 BGN per person doesn't include a guide, you need to pay additional money for that, and without a guide all you will see is stones. The money that they have acquired over the years were obviously spent on unnecessary things, such as bigger cabin for the office where you pay the toll... Of course, there are no actual bathrooms but there are plenty of souvenir pavilions with overpriced things. I know because I've seen those things at twice less prices. You will spend no less than an hour and a half going up and looking around. The only toilet you will find there is an Eco one down at the parking-lot. These same Eco toilets were there in 2005, the maintenance of which is completely non existent. If you decide to go to Perperikon, you should consider it like going into surgery: do not drink and eat from the day before. Gods and goddesses should be summoned to help the poor women who are on their monthly period. I just experienced my fair share of this kind of a nightmare there. I had to wait to go to the town because I simply could not subject myself to such a traumatic experience as to going into those places of Dante's 9th circle of hell, they call toilets for tourists there.... I highly advice against you to go there under these conditions: If you have drank water in the past 3 hours, if you have eaten in the past 8 hours, and especially if you are on your period! Think:surgery. Enjoy!
Written November 2, 2018
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PlamenStoyanov
Sofia, Bulgaria57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Friends
There is a great history here that is older than Egyptians. You have to get a guide in order to learn about the Thracian civilization. And there is a magic on this place. When it's raining, your hair is rising up. Must visit it.
Written July 3, 2016
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Ogy Kovachev
Sofia, Bulgaria1,317 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
Awesome spot with huge rocks and history in the heart of Rhodope mountains. It is worth to visit in the early morning as in summer it gets very hot during the day. Plan your visit in combination with the other sites in that area.
Written August 16, 2015
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Калоян Първанов
Sofia, Bulgaria3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
This is one of many places in Bulgaria which must be visited. Required take with you bottled water, comfortable shoes and you must prepare for a two hour walk.
Written August 20, 2015
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ELENA511
Sofia, Bulgaria165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015
It is considered a sacred place.There are excavations taking place now.The spirit of this place is very extraordinary.Be sure to have sunglasses, hats, comfortable shoes and bottles of mineral water with you:)
Written August 12, 2015
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