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Belogradchik Rocks


The Belogradchik Rocks (Bulgarian: Belogradchishki skali) are a group of bizarrely shaped sandstone, and limestone rock formations located near the town of Belogradchik in northwest Bulgaria. The rocks vary in color from primarily red to gray to yellow - it's the great amount of iron oxide, or hematite, which gave the rocks their rusty red color. Some of the rocks reach up to 200 m in height. Many rocks have very weird shapes and are associated with interesting legends. They are often named after people or objects - Madonna, The Rider, The Monks, The Lion, The Bear, Adam and Eva, ...etc.
The Kaleto Fortress was built/used in ancient times (1-3 century), first by the Romans and later by the Byzantine Empire to guard the strategic paths in the mountain area. The fortress was extended by the Bulgarians. The fortress, named Belgrad at that time, was one of the last fortresses to be taken over by the Turks at the end of the 14th century. In the period since 1805 till 1837, the Kaleto Fortress was extended and reconstructed to allow the use of fire guns.
Belogradchik map
Belogradchik map
Belogradchik Rocks 5992
Belogradchik Rocks 5992
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Belogradchik Rocks 5963
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Belogradchik Rocks 6009
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Belogradchik Rocks 6019
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Belogradchik Rocks 5961
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Belogradchik Rocks 6013
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Belogradchik Rocks 6035
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Belogradchik Rocks 6044b
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Belogradchik Rocks 6045
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Belogradchik Rocks 6048a
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Belogradchik Rocks 6073
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Belogradchik Rocks 6057
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Belogradchik Rocks 6086
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Belogradchik Rocks 6113
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Belogradchik Rocks 6056a
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Belogradchik Rocks 6064
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Belogradchik Rocks 6079
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Belogradchik Rocks 6094
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Belogradchik Rocks 6088a
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Belogradchik Rocks 6046
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Belogradchik Rocks 6080
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Belogradchik Rocks 6089a
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Belogradchik Rocks 6114
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Belogradchik Rocks 6082
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Belogradchik Rocks 6115
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Belogradchik Rocks 6103
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Belogradchik Rocks 6118
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Belogradchik Rocks 6119
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Belogradchik Rocks 6120a
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Belogradchik Rocks 6121
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Belogradchik Rocks 6122a
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Belogradchik Rocks 6124
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Belogradchik Rocks 6058
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Belogradchik Rocks 9447