The Bulgarian Stonehenge – the Gate of Mother Goddess: The Megalith near the village of Buzovgrad
Every summer on 21st June, the day of summer solstice, the sun stretches its beams, when going down, through the Gate of Mother Goddess – the fantastic stone megalith over the village of Buzovgrad. This happens on 21st December too – the day of winter solstice.
People call it the Bulgarian Stonehenge because of the resemblance with the world-famous natural phenomenon. However, about 3rd century BC the megalith was a Thracian rock sanctuary. According to some researchers, priests used to perform religious rituals here in honour of the Mother Goddess whose son – the Sun granted them their life. According to others the Megalith was used by the Thracians as an astronomical device used for setting the correct time twice a year.
Other legends tell that in ancient times this place was worshiped by the Thracians as a gateway to the afterlife.
Because of all the legends connected with it, every year at spring and autumnal equinox hundreds of admirers of natural phenomena gather there. They carry out restoration of Thracian rituals.
The door of the Mother Goddess is located at 572-meters altitude on the northern slopes of “Sredna Gora” mountain. There is a beautiful eco path that leads from the village of Buzovgrad to the Megalith within a 40 minutes walk
Guide-book: Go from Park Hotel Stara Zagora toward Kazanlak. After 8 kilometres turn right at the road exit toward village of Yagoda and right after that turn left and go west. The road goes through three picturesque villages, situated along Tundzha river and soon you’ll in Buzovgrad. You’ll find the eco path following the signs.