A 8000 year old sanctuary was found in the Belogradchik region

A 8000 year old sanctuary in the Belogradchik region

At the beginning of March 2017, an unknown rock sanctuary was discovered in the area of Markashnitsa, not far from Belogradchik. It is identical in shape to the rock niches in the Rhodope and Strandja Mountains. According to experts, they were used 8,000 years ago. The newly discovered sanctuary is located around a rock opening. It forms a light system with other rock openings and sanctuaries in the area. Perhaps the function of the newly discovered sanctuary was to modify the light through the primary opening to give it specific properties.

With this finding, the famous sanctuaries in the Markashnitsa area became eight. This proves the thesis of the local researcher Kiril Kirilov. In 2013 he published the book “Sacred Belogradchik Rocks” and on the basis of then known sites, he predicted the existence of many rock sanctuaries in the region with specific ritual purposes.

In 2016, Kiril Kirilov made a series of expeditions in the Markashnitsa area to find traces of forgotten rock sanctuaries. As a result of the work done so far, the megalithic two-storey cave with a hatched vault on the second floor – Lepenitsa is known, where are found traces not only of cult, but also of astronomical activity; the star map in the rocks over the cave with its Throne column; another six rock sanctuaries with different number of ritual wells, and some with separate cauldron altars. Some of the altars are located in light systems with rock openings to nearby  sanctuaries. The overall impression is for a whole cult complex with an area of ​​about 1.5 square kms.

The complex can be looked around in three days. It consists of many rocky massifs connected by forest roads and paths. For the most part, the tour around the area is a little harder than walking through a forest park.  Only about 30 percent of the time will be needed to overcome more uphill but easy descents and climbs through convenient places in the rock massifs.

Also interesting is the connection of the complex with the rock sanctuary Chachin kamak near Belogradchik. This connection continues along perfectly straight line to the Kozarnika cave.
The area is filled not only with sanctuaries, but also with unique landscapes as well as interesting rocks such as the rock of the God of the sex.


Autor: Ing. Kiril Kirilov


Renaissance of Bulgarian wine producers

Bulgarian wine producers

On the 17 and18th of April 2017, in the restaurant “Bulgaria”, located in Sofia. The restaurant has twenty-two Bulgarian wine cellars from all the different wine-producing regions of the country. The trend of the exhibit was the revival and interest of growing Bulgarian wine sorts and showing the different varieties. Most of the wine is in the medium price class ranging from 7 to 15 lv. a bottle.

The native winemakers are working on new flavours, aiming to create unique types of wines. This year’s hits are the orange wine from Traminer and Misket and the lesser known Rose Rubin. You can also enjoy the incredible rose “Hand Made” Mavrud, hand-milled and aged in acacia barrels, or the impressive bio-wine “Vinica” made from 100% Mavrud from vintage 2013, created by Amarone manufacturing technology.

The unique Bulgarian types of grape have given life to wines like “Bela Rada” from naturally mixed vineyards with Chancellors, Chardonnay and Aligot from vintage 2015, aged 9 months in oak barrels, and “Bel Mu” from Chancellors, Chardonnay, aged 22 months in Bulgarian oak barrels.

The traditional Bulgarian sorts of wine are bringing back forgotten old flavors. Wines from Dimyat and Misket are being revived, also from Sandanski, Misket, and suitable for the summer heat, Tamiyanka. With the rising popularity of White mavrud, made by red grape, the traditional Rubin and the new tastes in the blending from Mavrud and Rubin or Merlo with raspberry wine, produced from 95 decares of bio certified raspberry crops.

Winemakers from Ruse and Varna area are making a big impression with non-traditional and at the same time impressive flavours of the classic French and German wines. More and more wines are made by bio technologies, without adding sulphites. Blends like „Hrumki“ for example, the wine series „Tiara“ and many more are made by bio technologies and don’t add sulphites.

As a positive sign for the grown prestige of the Bulgarian boutique winemakers, is the presenting of the Spanish guests with their Blue Wine – a blend of red and white grape types.

The wineries are satisfied with the demand for the native sorts both in foreign markets and local markets. A plan is in effect to increase the share the unique Bulgarian sorts from which they produce their most competitive wines for the domestic market and for export.

This spring will take place exhibitions of wine: EnjoyWine 2017 are taking parts winemakers from “Zagreus“, „Villa Melnik“, „Villa Vinifera“, „Trastena“, „Malkata zvezda “, „Prisoe“, „Maryan“, „Bratanovi“, „Salla Estate“, „Rupel“, „Orbelus“, „Chateau Copsa“, „Orbelia“, „Karabunar“, „Dragomor“, „Staro Oryahovo“, „Manastira“, „Borovitza“, „Sirona“, „Nisovo“ and „Via Berde“.


The seventh edition of ” Old School” ART residency

” Old School” ART residency

The team of the Old School residency is pleased to invite you to participate in the seventh edition of residency – THE ROAD as a Ritual, 2017. Within ten days the building of the ex-school will shelter artists from different nations who will create art together with the idea of working in a new environment.

Dates of activity: August 4-14, 2017

Place: Gorna Lipnitsa village, Bulgaria

Theme: THE ROAD as a Ritual

The work of the artists will be organized based on previously prepared written materials in which THE ROAD will be presented as a symbol – through the prism of the mystical manifestations of travelling, as well as through the mathematical formulas and physical quantities connected to it.

The road of the artist, the road towards the New/Old world, the road as a ritual… Where the road begins, can we get lost, the role of the crossroad and the choice of direction. The speed at which we are going. Are we stopping or diverting from the road. The path of our movement – a straight line or a ritual circle. The time that we need. The road as a magical tool for change and release. What is the aim of our travelling?

The artists will have the opportunity to experiment and cross (walking, running) distances from one ancient Roman road which once went through the region beginning from the ancient village Novae /near Svishtov, on the shore of the Danube river), through the Roman town Nikopolis ad Istrum /its ancient ruins are situated near Gorna Lipnitsa/ and leading all the way to Constantinople (Istanbul).


For more information here


autor: “Old School” ART residency