Gorna Krepost, Bulgaria

Perperikon Archaeological Site

Forrest Mallard

An abandoned 8000-year-old, massive city. The most impressive archeological site you have never heard of.

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About 20 km NE of Kurdzhali, Bulgaria

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One of the most impressive things I have seen in a VERY long time.

Includes a mighty fortress, acropolis with walls about 3 meters thick, extensive palace grounds and northern and southern suburbs that include streets dug into the rock, residential buildings, and temples.

What REALLY overwhelmed me on my visit to this location was how free you are to move about these ancient ruins, without the watchful eye of guards keeping track of your every move. You pay 6 Bulgarian Lev at the entrance at the bottom of the hill.. and once you start climbing the hill to the city.. you are on your own.

AMAZING FACTS ABOUT THIS ANCIENT CITY

1. The temple of Dionysus was located here. In its time, this was as important and famous as the Temple of Apollo in Delphi.

2. It is said that it was right here that the Oracle gave to Alexander the Great, his prophesy that he would go on to conquer the world. Also the prophesy that Rome would become an Empire.

SO MUCH MORE IMPRESSIVE THAN MANY OVERRATED SITES AROUND EUROPE. I was actually able to climb the rocks and sit in the stone chair of the Oracle.. which looks down on a vast yard where people came to hear him speak. You can actually interact (RESPECTFULLY) with the ruins. So much better than paying all that money to look at Stonehenge from such a distance.

There is a lot or ancient history in this part of Bulgaria that barely on the tourism radar.
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