Perperikon archaeological site could overshadow Stonehenge.

“Perperikon” o Perpericón, “the rock city”, near the city of Kardzhali in Bulgaria is a very impressive archaeological site that can compete with the biggest attractions in Europe. However if you ask 100 people in the world who have heard of the monument or would like to visit Stonehenge, everyone will respond positively, but none of them have probably heard of Perpericón.

To visit Stonehenge, in the holiday season, you will see thousands of people visiting it. You may not even be able to get there due to the huge queues. And for example at the Summer Solstice more than 20.000 people gather at this famous place to visit Stonehenge and to commemorate the start of the boreal summer. Something that does not happen in Perpericón where we only meet some local tourists…

But all this could change in the next few years, because according to the investigations carried out by archaeologists, geologists, historians and graphologists, Bulgaria could be the cradle of western civilization, where it all started. According to archaeologist Robert Bauval: “then really a lot of tourists should come here in the future, since Perpericón would become the maximum exponent of this civilization”. This sounds very pretentious but there are already signs found in Bulgaria that lead to thinking like this, like the oldest cave paintings in Europe, also the oldest writing signs, the oldest goldsmith and crafts, the oldest religious temples, and other details… Perpericon is a considerably more important archaeological site to visit than Stonehenge, since a mixture of prehistory and classical times is represented there. It's all in one. But it has no advertisement for the Stonehenge monument.


According to research, the first traces of life in Perperikon date back to 8.000 years, that is to say from the Copper and Stone Age, in front of Stonehenge which is more “modern” because it has 5.117 years, which makes Perpericón the oldest building in Europe, and among the oldest in the world. Perpericón is also spoken of as the “European Machu Picchu”, with the difference that Machu Picchu in Peru was built in the 15th century, that is, it is almost 9.500 years more modern!!!.

During the late Bronze Age and early Iron Age the city of Perperikon became an important cult center. The ancient Greek historian Herodotus refers in his writings to a famous sanctuary and oracle, located in the Eastern Rhodopes of Bulgaria and consecrated to the Thracian god Dionysus Zagreus. It was carved out of the rocks and had a stone altar where they made libations of wine and set fire. His priestess was as famous as the unsurpassed Pythia of the temple of Apollo at Delphi. According to the Roman historian Suetonius, precisely in Perpericón Alexander the Great knew that he would rule over the world.

And it is that from the Neolithic to the Middle Ages Perpericón was inhabited by people who tirelessly carved sacrificial altars, wells, thrones, necropolis, stairways, bedrock walls and churches with rudimentary tools. The theory that Perpericón was the first sanctuary in honor of the God Dionysus, that is to say, the first place where his worship started, and that later was the origin of Greek mythology, can also play an important role in your advertising. For now the tourists are few but the “Stone city” deserves to be visited again and again, offers a magnificent panoramic view of changing image according to the seasons of the year and the excavations in progress change the appearance of the own “rock city” in every season…

Here you can locate Perpericón within Bulgaria:


And if it is about chromlech-type monuments in Bulgaria you can see one near the town of Dolni Glavanak, just 43 km from Perperikon, which I think might be like visiting Stonehenge but “Bulgarian”. If this was found in France, Italy or Greece, previously we would be bombarded with all kinds of information about this unique place, in a way that would provoke our interest. However it is a forgotten place that is not given due attention, maybe there is interest in keeping the “the state” by countries that receive thousands of tourists interested in their “history” and they have no intention of losing that income, Therefore, the European Union does not put interest or means in investigating these archaeological sites and for its part the Bulgarian state does not have funds or means by itself to be able to investigate these places and endow them with world recognition that they deserve…


Crómlech Dolni Glavanak similar a visitar Stonehenge

Crómlech in Dolni Glavanak (Bulgaria).


According to geologist Robert Shock “this chromlech from Dolni Glavanak and the other archaeological sites in Bulgaria are definitely amazing. If these places were in England, France, Italy, Greece, etc… there would be crowds of hundreds of thousands of visitors a year”. This could happen one day if one of the big television networks like "National Geographic", “History Channel” or “Discovery Channel” made successful documentaries about these Bulgarian sites. For the moment if you decide to visit them you will feel like the only tourist in the place, what a special feeling, as if they opened a museum just for you, so seize the moment and visit Bulgaria before it becomes fashionable!!


Tomb excavated in the rock of the Sanctuary of Tatul (Bulgaria) known as in & quot; Sanctuary of Orpheus"

Tomb excavated in the rock of the Sanctuary of Tatul (Bulgaria) known as in “Sanctuary of Orpheus”


But when visiting Perperikon and the other archaeological sites in Bulgaria we are struck by questions:

– How old are ancient shrines in the Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria believed to be??: places like Belintash, Tatul, Harman Kaya (near the town of Bivolyane) , Kovan Rock (pueblo de Dolno Cherkovishte) , Beglik Tash (Primorsko) , Perpericón himself and the chrome in Dolni Glavanak… According to archaeologist Robert Bauval: “There is no doubt that some of these places like the chrome in Dolni Glavanak, they are very old astronomical observatories. According to some scientists, the religious complexes in the Rhodope Mountains are much older than official science dates them.… The assumptions speak that they are much older than the year 5.000 – 6.000 a. C. Certainly remains from the Copper Age have been found (5.000 a.C.) but that does not mean that the place was used even before, geologists and archaeologists have to do their job now…The official dating is based on cult objects and ceramics found there. This does not mean that the stone structures are of the same age. We believe they are from a much older period”.

And this theory is supported by the fact that THE OLDEST WORKED GOLD IN THE WORLD has been found in Bulgaria, near the seaside town of Varna, it is the oldest gold produced in the world, and it is a work of more than 7.000 years.


Visiting Stonehenge can be overshadowed by the site of Perperikon

The oldest worked gold in the world has been found in the Varna necropolis


– BULGARIA ¿CRADLE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION?…Temples, ceramics, worked gold, cult and religion, astrology, etc… Clearly this is the work of a very sophisticated civilization that transcends notions of cavemen. So all these facts together speak not simply of classical antiquity, but of a sophisticated ancient culture that could be the first civilization and a civilization advanced in its time…
And this can completely change the image of Bulgaria. Because although it is a very small country, maybe the cradle of western civilization is there (european), the seed from which the rest of civilizations sprouted throughout the centuries. All experts are looking for the place where the first civilization developed. The society is sought in which all the elements that together we call civilization are found: myth, art, religion, cities, writing,… and the city of Varna on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast seems to meet those conditions…


– Is this ancient Bulgarian civilization related to the Egyptian? The vestiges and sanctuaries found in the Rhodopes evidently were used towards the 3.000 a.C., but they are built on much older structures, and the civilization that built the pyramids of Egypt started them towards the 2.700 a.C. We can't talk about relationship. But what is undoubted is that these vestiges of Bulgaria were left by a very ancient and advanced civilization in its time.. Unfortunately, at the moment in Egypt there is a lot of tension and a lot of tourists are afraid to go to Egypt, even though they could see the pyramids, the Sphinx and other ancient monuments in the Nile Valley…Instead, Bulgaria is a beautiful country with friendly people, good food and a multitude of monuments and sanctuaries that deserve to be seen. Bulgaria is really fantastic.

But there are coincidences between the civilizations of Egypt and Bulgaria, all these ancient holy places, even all over the world like Stonehenge, Perpericón, the pyramids of Egypt, etc…. have been oriented towards the Sun or towards certain stars. It is proven that the pyramids of Egypt were built as a mirror image of the belt of Orion. The sanctuaries of the Bulgarian Rhodope Mountains are oriented like Egyptian monuments, towards the southern stars. Mainly Sirius and Orion. Of course, the other star, that served as a reference is the Big Dipper.


Visiting Stonehenge can be overshadowed by the site of Perperikon

The pyramids of Egypt, just like the temples of Bulgaria, they are oriented to the stars…


It is as if the stars dictated the behavior of these ancient civilizations and what was expected of them as a society.. These ancient people read the heavenly signs and tried to recreate the heavenly order on earth. Their daily life and livelihood depended on it.. More interesting, Nevertheless, is that the stars may be the key to one of the greatest archaeological mysteries - why ancient societies suddenly abandon and leave the places where they lived and built their civilization, as if something had told them they should go out. And this migration is not logical, but it seems to have religious motivation. One possible explanation is the movement of the stars.

In the opinion of the ethnologist Silvia Ruiz Bachiller “these ancient societies were obsessed with the stars and the Hereafter; I think that if they made so many monuments related to the Sun and certain stars, it was to confirm that they had not changed places, after one or more cataclysms of antiquity, in which "the Sun stopped" or "came out from the west", and there were days, weeks, months or years of total darkness, not only because of the change of the sun, but for a "volcanic winter" in which the ashes completely covered the Sun. There was a time when humanity was in danger of extinction, That is why all cultures made megalithic monuments to be able to see in advance if there was any unforeseen change in the sunrise or the position of stars such as Sirius or those of the Orion Belt, and even the Pleiades. Even in our modern and developed society today what happens after death is a mystery.. At the time, people were already looking for answers to this question. And they often identified the idea of ​​death and the afterlife with heaven, the celestial kingdom., and they set their ideology and religion on the stars that never die. Nevertheless, (due to the precessional motion of the equinoxes), even these stars disappear behind the horizon after many years. However, they were still visible from distant places hundreds of kilometers away. And these ancient societies probably went behind those stars to settle in a place where again the stars were visible as before.”.

Perhaps “shaman” He told them - "Our immortal stars are setting, we must move to a place where the gods allow us to see them again and they will live. " and they were not times or place to discuss these indications… We find evidence of this type of migration in Egypt - from South to North. We believe they have followed the stars and even called themselves The Followers (The Followers). We hope to find traces of these “Followers” in bulgaria too, in fact, even It could turn out that the civilization of the Rhodope Mountains preceded and influenced that of Egypt, and that they did not live in Bulgaria “The followers”, but on the contraty: that the inhabitants of Bulgaria were the ones who exported this culture and religion to Egypt, and that can change everything!!!… So come visit it and be the first to tell that you were there, in the oldest man-made building in Europe!!


Robert Bauval: archaeologist and astronomer.
Robert Shock: geologist.
Pavel Serafimov: graphologist and historian.
Silvia Eugenia Ruiz Bachiller: ethnologist.
Interview with Robert Bauval by Natalia Malcheva, journalist in the newspaper "Standard". Source of the interview:
Article on the pyramids of Giza:

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