The Madara horseman - Мадарският конник

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Thomas Ulbricht on August 5, 2009

oh wow, thats really interesting. i like this.

greetings thomas

aticank Nikolay Kole… on August 6, 2009

Хаджи, как си? Бил си наблизо, но не се обади! Поздрави Николай

Ivan Hadjiyski on August 6, 2009

Здравей Николай!За 5дни бях в Св.Константин и Елена със семейството,не се обадих защото знам че имаш много работа през лятото.Извини ме.Поздрави - Иван.

aticank Nikolay Kole… on August 6, 2009

Извинен си:))) Аз като съм казал, че имам работа не означава, че не спирам :)) Ние бяхме за една седмица в Рибарица, преди десетина дни, но живот и здраве се надявам скоро да се видим. След София и Копривщица усещам, че пак набираме скорост със срещите! Николай

Ivan Hadjiyski on August 6, 2009

Благодаря!Да се надяваме че ще се видим на Шипка!

Ivan Hadjiyski on August 6, 2009

Hi Reisender69!I rejoice that you like my pictures. The eta and some history.

The Madara Rider or Madara Horseman is an early medieval large rock relief carved on the Madara Plateau east of Shumen in northeastern Bulgaria, near the village of Madara.

The Madara Rider is depicted on the obverse of smaller Bulgarian coins (1 to 50 stotinki) issued in 1999 and 2000. A June 29, 2008, official survey on the design of Bulgaria's future euro coins was won by the Madara Horseman with 25.44 percent of the votes.


The relief depicts a majestic horseman 23 m (75 ft) above ground level in an almost vertical 100 m (328 ft)-high cliff. The horseman, facing right, is thrusting a spear into a lion lying at his horse's feet. An eagle is flying in front of the horseman and a dog is running after him. The scene symbolically depicts a military triumph.

The monument is dated back to circa 710 AD and has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979. The dating means the monument was created during the rule of Bulgar Khan Tervel, and supports the thesis that it is a portrayal of the khan himself and a work of the Bulgars, a nomadic tribe of warriors which settled in northeastern Bulgaria at the end of the 7th century AD and after merging with the local Slavs gave origin to the modern Bulgarians. Other theories connect the relief with the ancient Thracians, claiming it portrays a Thracian god.

Thomas Ulbricht on August 6, 2009

Oh thank you very much for your nice informations over this monument. I think also , this is a very old monument and very plastic. I know anything over thracian and this time.

thanks for sharing this.

greetings from germany Thomas

aticank Nikolay Kole… on August 7, 2009

Здравей, Хаджи! Благодаря за поканата за Шипка. И аз се надявам да наредя нещата за да дойда! Николай

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