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Beglik-Tash, Primorsko

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Beglik Tash (Bulgarian: Беглик Таш, Turkish: Beylik Taşı), is a prehistoric rock sanctuary situated on the southern Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, a few kilometers north of the city of Primorsko. It was re-used by the Thracian tribes in the Iron Age.

At the end of the 19th century, the Czech-Bulgarian historian and archaeologist Karel Škorpil produced the first scientific account of the sanctuary, which was then known as Apostol Tash. In 2002, Bulgarian archaeologists started excavations under the supervision of Tsonia Drazheva.

Beglik Tash – an expression whose meaning is probably related to the tax on sheep collected by the Ottoman authorities until 1913, the "beglik", and a Turkish word to describe an area made of large stones, "taşlar" – is a natural rock-formation consisting of megaliths of hardened magma that erupted from a Mesozoic era volcano.
Most of the megaliths have traces of carvings for the purposes of Thracian rituals. There are also the remains of a labyrinth that visitors can pass through. A Thracian sun-clock is formed from huge stones. There is also a 150-ton rock that rests on the ground in only two places, and a "womb-cave".
Archaeologists have found ceramic artefacts from the Early Iron Age (10th–6th century BC), classical antiquity, and the Middle Ages, as well as a man-made stone altar at the end of the natural cave which proves that it was used as a place of worship. Every day at noon, a ray of sunlight enters the narrow entrance of the cave, and projects itself on the back of cave. According to the Bulgarian archaeologist Alexander Fol some of the Thracian womb-caves had the property of letting the sunlight in only at certain times of the day, a natural phenomenon seen by the Thracians as acts of symbolic fertilization of the Earth womb or the Mother Goddess by the sun phallus of the Sun God.
The site is an open-air museum maintained by the Burgas Historical Society. It is visited annually by 40,000 tourists. Beglik Tash is located in the vicinity of two other Thracian sites: the city of Ranuli and the fortress of Pharmakida in the Strandhza mountain.

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  • Awesome place with mesmerising energy and beautiful nature. You should check it whenever you go through Primorsko!!! 
    Awesome place with mesmerising energy and beautiful nature. You should check it whenever you go through Primorsko!!!  more »
  • Magical place with really high energy. The atmoaphere takes you back to our ancestors beliefs and easily explains the unexplainable. 
    Magical place with really high energy. The atmoaphere takes you back to our ancestors beliefs and easily explains the unexplainable.  more »
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  • I suggest to come early, when is not so crowded. The parking lot is located about 15-20 minutes walk from the complex, but it is easy walk, almost flat. And, actually, the trail is under forest trees shadow. Do not be afraid from the distace map shows. There is a small fee for entrance to the complex and also guided tour could be arranged.
  • We went in October and it was all free. From the parking place it's 1.3km walking by foot. Really nice and quiet place. It have a nice park with sitting places. The rocks are really impressive to see @Selontour #rocks #nature #Bulgaria

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