Natural Wonders of the World - Belogradchik Rocks

posted on 23rd of february, 2011

Not long ago the rocks near the Bulgarian costal town of Belogradchik have been nominated as one of the new seven wonders of nature in the world. The Belogradchik Rocks are a group of bizarrely shaped sandstone, limestone and conglomerate rock formations located on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains near the town of Belogradchik in northwest Bulgaria. In the end of the Palaeozoic era before 230 000 000 in this region stratified sandy and marly rocks. Later they were covered with sea, on the bottom of which laid sand, gravel and clay. As time goes by these materials were connected with sandy-clay solder. That is the way how conglomerates appeared.

Every stone here has a history and a legend full of suffering and heroism to explain the incredible stone beauty. Centuries ago between the rocks there was a nunnery. Early every morning the nuns went out to pray to God. The youngest among them – Vitinia couldn't hide under the cassock her unbelievable beauty. The rumour about her beauty spread all over the Roman empire. One day on the Day of Peter when the monastery could be visited Vita met with the roman Antonio. They hided their love from the nuns long time but after an year the fruit of their love saw the light of the day. Child voice filled the monastery with crying. Vita was revealed and faced the strict law of the nuns. They decided to curse her and expel her from the monastery with her child. At that moment from the hill came Antonio riding his white horse. He started begging the nuns not to punish his beloved. Then happened a miracle. Suddenly a storm started, a thunder stroke and the earth shook. The monastery laid in ruins and everything turned in stone – The Monks, The Rider, even Vitinia who turned in Madonna caring her child.

Comments (10)

Posted by Almaterra on February 25, 2011
Great photos!
Posted by Grisho on February 24, 2011
Thank you all! I'm glad you liked the story and the photos :)
Posted by Laurasinelle on February 24, 2011
Great photos!
Posted by Mariaam on February 24, 2011
Beautiful place ... amazing photos!
Posted by Egomezta on February 24, 2011
Great images, beautiful place...
Posted by Buffy1982 on February 24, 2011
Congrats for the article and for the photos!
Posted by Igordabari on February 24, 2011
Beautiful Place, Grigor. It reminds me a little bit the Baikal Lake in Siberia, where I was born. And also very nice photos!
Posted by Picstudio on February 24, 2011
Beautiful pics.
Posted by Scottysally2 on February 24, 2011
Great shots, very unusual shaped rocks. The two figures in the last shot gives an idea as to the size of these rocks. Good luck with sales. :)
Posted by smartview27 on February 23, 2011
Beautiful view and story!

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