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Belintash

Due to its mild nature, the Rhodope Mountains have been an attractive homeland to many tribes ever since early times. It was such an impressive land to ancient historians and philosophers, among which Homer and Herodotus. The numerous invasions, plunders and distructions has made the history of that region, unique in its beauty, a real puzzle of various legends and mysteries….

The phenomenal rock massif Belintash jealously guards all its secrets. Located near the village of Mostovo in the Plovdiv region, many experts consider Belintash to be a sample of an ancient observatory. The concentration of the round holes on the central plateau they have found, clearly expressed North-South positioning. The experts assume that the sanctuary was connected to the cult for Dionysus – Sabasius, the God of the Resurrecting and Dying Nature in the Thracian mythology.

Science has recently uncovered some of the secrets of that place but there is still more to be researched of Belintash, which would give light to key moments of the life and culture of the ancient Thracian tribes that once inhabited the Rhodope Mountains…

1.Rhodope peaks 1.Rhodope peaks
1.Rhodope peaks
1. Rhodope peaksBelintash is situated in a sort of a centre circled around by mountain slopes and typically rhodopean peaks, all serving as a unique astronomic observatory.
2.Cross Peak 2.Cross Peak
2.Cross Peak
2.Cross PeakIn the background you could see another mountain peak with a key importance to the history of that region – the Cross peak (Cross Forest).
3.Last obstacle 3.Last obstacle
3.Last obstacle
3.Last obstacleThe last obstacle before reaching Belintash – young pine trees forest and a lonely century-old tree.
4.Rocky massif 4.Rocky massif
4.Rocky massif
4.Rocky massifThe rocky massif, having the name of Belintash, runs from east to east, ending at the sanctuary plateau.
5.The “moorage” 5.The “moorage”
5.The “moorage”
5.The “moorage”According to one of the legends, the Flood waters reached Belintash and Noah’s Arch was moored to those rings.
6.Stony sphinx 6.Stony sphinx
6.Stony sphinx
6.Stony sphinxThe stony sphinx has been guarding the sanctuary for millenniums.
7.Chariot legend 7.Chariot legend
7.Chariot legend
7.Chariot legendOne of the legends about Belintash says that, when trying to conquer the Rhodopean Thracian tribes, Alexander the Great passed through here and his 800 kg chariot was captured by the priests. They hid it inside a cave, which location remains unknown even today. The precious chariot might have passed through exactly that road cut into the rock…
8.Terraced niches 8.Terraced niches
8.Terraced niches
8.Terraced nichesAt the foot of the plateau there are a large number of terraced niches which must have served for paying gifts and sacred items in there.
9.Ancient staircase 9.Ancient staircase
9.Ancient staircase
9.Ancient staircaseThe ancient builders have cut a comfortable staircase for climbing up the sacred plateau. One can see openings in the stones where some sort of a safety parapet might have been placed, as is one of the hypotheses.
10.System of canals 10.System of canals
10.System of canals
10.System of canalsA system of canals cut through the first plateau.
11.Evenly-cut opening 11.Evenly-cut opening
11.Evenly-cut opening
11.Evenly-cut openingA quite a symmetric opening with evenly-cut channel sets the diffucult task to guess what it might have served for millenniums ago…
12.Reservoir 12.Reservoir
12.Reservoir
12.ReservoirCanals take away the rain-water into cyllindric reservoirs with capacity of 2 to 7 cubic meters, cut inside the very rock.
13.Some parapet? 13.Some parapet?
13.Some parapet?
13.Some parapet?Holes have been cut at very ridge of the plateau. Maybe some sort of a safety parapet might have been placed there..?
14.Sacrificial pool 14.Sacrificial pool
14.Sacrificial pool
14.Sacrificial poolA supposed sacrificial pool for performimh varios fiery rituals. The priests predicted by te height of the flames that rose after pouring some wine over the ritual fire.
15.Star map 15.Star map
15.Star map
15.Star mapNumerous small pits covering the plateau surface used to form, acoording to some experts, the oldest star map ever – with supposed age of 7 milleniums.
16.Rocky rings 16.Rocky rings
16.Rocky rings
16.Rocky ringsHere, with some more imagination, rocky rings could be discerned – Noah’s Arch used to be moored here.
17.Large canal 17.Large canal
17.Large canal
17.Large canalSupposedly a large drainage canal?
18.Thracian sanctuaries 18.Thracian sanctuaries
18.Thracian sanctuaries
18.Thracian sanctuariesThracian sanctuaries have alwaysa been built on places indulging in natural magnetism.
19.Evenly-cut opening 19.Evenly-cut opening
19.Evenly-cut opening
19.Evenly-cut openingYet another evenly-cut opening in the rock.
20.Stony reservoir 20.Stony reservoir
20.Stony reservoir
20.Stony reservoirThe largest water reservoir inside the rock, cut out with laser precision.
21.Peculiarity 21.Peculiarity
21.Peculiarity
21.PeculiarityA strange peculiarity of the numerous small pits the rock is covered with is that they seem to be encircled by rings of coulee (i.e. cooled lava).
22.Staircase again 22.Staircase again
22.Staircase again
22.Staircase againAre those cuttings drainage canals for staircase?
23.Rocky niche 23.Rocky niche
23.Rocky niche
23.Rocky nicheA strange low-cut niche has been cut into the rock in that part of the sanctuary.
24.Villages underneath 24.Villages underneath
24.Villages underneath
24.Nearby villagesUnder the peak, surrounded by beautiful forests and meadows, you could see the small villages Vrata and Sini Vruh.
25.Ancient signs 25.Ancient signs
25.Ancient signs
25.Ancient signsYou could stll discern some ancient signs on that rock, still undeciphered,…
26.Sabasius 26.Sabasius
26.Sabasius
26.SabasiusThe silver votive plaque with the image of the Thracian god Sabasius (Dionysus–Sabasius, the God of the Resurrecting and Dying Nature in the Thracian mythology) – found in 1981 at Belintash. It is an unquestionalble proof of the primary importance of that sanctuary to the megalith Thracian culture.
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Belintash
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