Perperikon - Part first
Homer describes the mythical Thracian kings in The Iliad, as fighting in golden chariots, with fiery swords in each hand. They looked more like gods than humans. Very few people, nowadays, think themselves as inheritors live of the Thracians. Nevertheless, the tales of Homer fill the Bulgarians with pride and patriotism. They feel connected with this ancient civilization, because they live in the land. Unfortunately, Perperikon doesn't have the popularity of Troy, as far as tourism is concerned. bTOURISM will introduce you in few articles, the story of the Holy city of Perperikon, who is situated in the western side of the Rhodope Mountain. Let’s start with its story and i8mportance for the ancient world.
The famous temple with round alter in Perperikon is supposed to have been built in 1st century B.C. the temples is a round chamber, which soars 3 meters higher than the other parts of the sanctuary. The floor has many chutes, where the objects necessary for rituals were put. The temple was built in honor of god Dionysus. The cult of Dionysus is one the most spread in Ancient Thrace. Their vision for Dionysus is not the same as the Greek one. In ancient Greece he was described as great lover of wine and a dissipated life. According to Herodotus, a Greek historian from Ionia who lived in the 5th century BCE (if we can believe him; we all know his story about unfound Atlantis) the Thracian priests predicted the future.
The name of Perperikon comes from the Byzantine coin "perpera", which ware in circulation in the 9th century. In Christian times were built one of the greatest buildings - the Acropolis. It is situated in the uppermost part of the palace and is believed to have been build by Niketa from Rhymes, the person who baptized the Bessi tribe. Some of the bravest theories assume that unique translation of the Bible was made. It is unique because it was made in the language of the Bessi.
We will always put forward the unique scenery that is revealed from Perperikon in our articles. And in conclusion we would like to give you an advice. Don’t go there without a guide or archaeologist, because you will miss many things, invisible for you and the trip will turn into visit white, shapeless rocks.