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Madara Rider

Madara Rider

The Madara Rider is a bas-relief carved in rock, located around the village of Madara. It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is carved 23 metres high into a cliff. Its dimensions are 3.1 metres (width) and 2.6 metres (height). It depicts a rider, a dog, a lion and an eagle.
The rider, believed to represent the Bulgarian ruler Tervel, is depicted as a life-size, spear-wielding lion. Behind him is another dog trying to bite the horse's legs. The inscriptions provide information about Tervel's victories against the Arabs and the Byzantines.
The exact date of the creation of the relief is unknown, but it is believed to have been made between 705 and 708 AD. It is believed that the relief was created to commemorate Tervel's victory over Arab invaders at Constantinople in 718 AD.
The Madara Rider is a symbol of Bulgaria's historical heritage. It is a popular tourist attraction and an inspiring example of artistic craftsmanship from the early Middle Ages.

Text: Nedyalko Mihalev | Photos: Nedyalko Mihalev | Location: N: 43.277412, E: 27.118917
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