Cultural Corridors of South East Europe

Cultural Corridor Eastern Trans-Balkan Road / Eastern Trans-Balkan Road

Belintash Thracian sanctuary

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Belintash Thracian sanctuary

About the site

Corridor: Diagonal Road, Eastern Trans-Balkan Road
Country: Bulgaria, Asenovgrad
Type: Ancient Site
World Heritage:
Ancient Site

The rock massif Belintash is situated some 30km to the south of the town Assenovgrad, in the mystical Rhodope mountain. It is a natural bare rock plateau, rising 50m high. The upper rock platform is flat and smooth, as if cut by knife. The entire rock phenomenon is cut by absolutely straight lines, crossing at right angle, as if precisely hewn in rock and covered with thousands of smaller and bigger holes full of water, which looked from above form the constellations the Great Bear, Orion, Lion etc. There is another legend saying that this place is an Eneolithic map of the religious sites in the region, in the centre of which is Krastova gora. It is assumed also that could be the first world map.
A number of mysteries and legends are related to the rock massif Belintash. The name of the rock, translated from ancient Turk languages means “clever stone” or Stone of Knowledge. The researchers of the region are sure that somewhere in the rock is hidden the ancient library with knowledge of the Thracian people. Other legends say it is a place of great treasures. It is believed that only one sunray reaches the stone womb, only by equinox. According to Thracians that is when heaven fertilises earth.
The Belintash rock is a favourite site for a number of extra sensitive people. They can feel a special strong energy field and come to the rock to fill in with positive energy. The stone itself radiates a perceptible phenomenal energy, thanks to which feelings become more sensitive, thoughts – more clear, and one can feel strength filling his spirit, mind, body.
Archaeologists unanimously consider that site as ancient pagan Thracian sanctuary dedicated to the God Sabasius, worshipped by the Thracian tribe Bessi, hat inhabited once these lands. At that site the Thracians predicted the future by the stars. A proof of that is the silver plate with the image of deity discovered in the foots of the rock. According to historical resources this site was a place for offerings and prediction. In the fiery altars priests poured out wine and predicted future by the height of fire.
There are numerous conjectures and hypotheses regarding Belintash, but for sure the rock massif is one of the sites where one wants to visit by all means.

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