A piece of Africa in Europe II (30)
|Dear Friends, let me take you back to one of my belowed Balkan countries - Bulgaria.|
Oce upon a time I have posted an image from a very picturesque and one of the most remarkable natural phenomena in that country - Melnik pyramids.
Today I'd like to show and tell you more of that place.
Melnik pyramids take an area of 17 sq. km among three settlements: Melnik, Rozhen and Kurlanovo, in southwestern corner of Bulgaria, between the Greek and Macedonian borders and on the outskirts of the Pirin Mountains.
The area (some 440 m above sea level) is known as heaving the highest summer temperatures in Bulgaria, arid climate and one of the best vineries in the country. Another attraction is Melnik itself - the smallest settlement classified as a town in the Republic of Bulgaria, inhabited only by some 500 people. The town is an architectural reserve and 96 of its buildings are cultural monuments. Some of them are among the oldest civilian buildings in the Balkans, built in 12th-13th century. Another interesting landmark is an ancient Roman bridge, still in use...
This small town is really beautiful, full of nice houses, restaurants and wineries and surprisingly - still not too crowded by tourist (well, that's probably going to change as Bulgaria joined the EU).
But even more unusal than the town itself is its surrounding. All around you may see impressive natural sand pyramids in various forms, resembling giant mushrooms, ancient towers and obelisks. In fact, name "Melnik" has been derived from that formations - the Slavonic word "mel" means "white clay", "chalk".
Due to the climate characteristics, the area is overgrown with xerothermic souther flora and extremely rich in reptiles, insects, spiders and birds. A true heaven for a naturalist and photographer. Some more TN contributions from Melnik you may see here. From time to time I will show you more pictures from that place.
In the workshop, you will find another view on the presented hills.
To learn more about Melnik and see some pictures from the town, please go here and here.