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Krali Marko's step Sanctuary

Krali Marko's is a Thracian sanctuary located in the Hasar area. According to folklore, when Krali Marko was passing through the area, he stepped on a stone where his footprint was left. At the top of the rock there are three carved pits that remain full of water, even during the summer heat. A local legend says that if one sprinkles the water from the footprints on a sick spot, a person will get well. The trek from the village to the sanctuary is along a wide dirt road and takes about 30 minutes. [...]
Text: Nedyalko Mihalev | Photos: Nedyalko Mihalev

Thracian sanctuary, Chukovo village

The Thracian sanctuary at the village of Chukovo is located at the foot of the Eastern Rhodopes. At the very top of Stramni Rid is carved from a monolithic rock the huge figure of a lion lying on its right side, facing the valley and the rocky riverbed of the river Chukovska. In front, instead of a head, there are two altars, and on the valley-facing side are carved horizontal rows of trapezoidal niches. The dimensions of the lion figure are approximately 8.8 m long and 3 m high. The hike from the village to the sanctuary takes about 40 minutes. [...]
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Thracian sanctuary "Pirostiyata"

Thracian sanctuary "Pirostiya" is located near the village of Turia. It consists of 3 large upright stones and one lying on them in the form of a pyrostia. A trough has been carved in the recumbent stone, which even in times of drought contains water. It is said that whoever drinks from it will be cured.
Starting from the town of Pavel Banya, in the direction of the village of Svezhen, one reaches the village of Turia. On leaving the village, pass a rope bridge on the left and on the next stone bridge, there is a sign "Pirostiya". From there, a well-marked path leads to the megalithic sanctuary itself. The distance is about 1.5 km. [...]
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"Dambala" locality

The locality of Dambala is near Momchilgrad, in the Eastern Rhodopes. There is a fountain with several spouts and a small pool. There is a belief that at midnight on May 5 - May 6 the water acquires miraculous power and cures various diseases. People believe in the healing qualities of the water flowing from the rock. However, these properties are manifested only on the night opposite St. George's Day on May 5 - May 6.
Among Muslims, the holiday is known as Huderlez ("huder" - green, "lez" - from Iliyaz). Already on May 5, believers come to spend the night here and pray to God to help them. [...]
Text: Nedyalko Mihalev | Photos: Nedyalko Mihalev
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