This is the archeological hit of the last years in Bulgaria and in the world. The palace and its fortress are considered to be the ancient and mysterious capital of the Odryss kingdom. The palace was at least on three floors, according to the holes in the rocks. In fact, it was cut in the rocks.
When you are inside the palace you feel like some mighty creature is near and is watching you. And probably that is true. That is really The Home of Gods. When you climb on a rocky wall and look at the world somewhere below, you begin to feel like a god yourself.
The complex was of very great religious importance not only for the Thracians, but for the whole ancient world - Greeks, Persians, Macedonians… According to the ancient legends and some of the modern scholars, that was the place where Alexander the Great learned his destiny - to conquer the world and to die 33 years old.
The complex existed for almost 3000 years. Later, it was a very important fortress of Byzantine, Latin Empire and Bulgaria. The enormous water basin for its defenders still exists and can be used again. The only one existing golden seal of the Bulgarian king Ivan-Alexander was found in that fortress.
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Photo taken in Kardjali, Bulgaria
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