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Madara Rider

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Address: Madara Town, Shumen 9700, Bulgaria
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wonderful mistical place!

wonderful mistical place! You must visti the nymphae caves and also the citadel on the top! This place is full of secret temples and special places

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 September 2016
buterfly2014
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Bucharest, Romania

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

wonderful mistical place! You must visti the nymphae caves and also the citadel on the top! This place is full of secret temples and special places

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Thank buterfly2014
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

We often travel to Bulgaria as we have a family member living there. So we thought we would try and see something of Bulgaria. There is a gift shop and local taverna to get refreshments. The walk is safe and there are hand rails. It is very steep and exposed in areas though so not for those with a fear... More 

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Thank JoJoStarbz
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

Madara Horseman is the only rock relief in Europe since the early Middle Ages , included in the List of World Heritage by UNESCO. The relief represents the triumphant ruler - a symbol of the power of the First Bulgarian Empire Madara Horseman is located 20 km from the town of Shumen, the National Historical and Archaeological Reserve "Madara" ,... More 

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Thank Evgeniya S
Sofia, Bulgaria
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

I saw that the attraction is paid-Not true.It is free for the public. Now,You might have a tour guide,but it would still be far from those 250 leva. The Rider itself is damaged and eroded from ages that passed,but that makes it somehow even more impressive.

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Thank Do T
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
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83 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

For everyone born in Bulgaria this is a very special place and also one of the symbols of Bulgaria. I would not recommend it to anyone that is not in perfect health however as there are many steps you need to take before you see the monument itself. I also recommend that you book a lecture/guided tour so that you... More 

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Thank Lagarder7
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

A way to get fit and learn the history also to pray at the church in a cave . To drink the magical healing water from the mountain. Great place you will b inspired to go again and again have been 3/4times

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Thank Jo M
Poznan, Poland
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45 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016 via mobile

For some reason I imagined this one to be way bigger but it is all right. Rider itself however is not the best spot. The area is magic. Beautiful nature, ancient chapels in the caves and the rocks. It all makes Madara unique and special destination.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2015 via mobile

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Madara Rider is a stone carving about 300 feet above the ground that depicts a knight spearing a lion. It dates back to the First Bulgarian Empire and was carved by a super brave dude between 700-800 c.e. Plan for a few hours to visit the rider, visit the pagan ruins, see the caves... More 

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Voorschoten, The Netherlands
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184 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2015

Near Madara the most famous thing to visit is the medieval rock carving of the horseman. When you park your car near the ticket booth and have paid 3 leva for the entrance, it is a short climb of about 125 steps to the rock carving. After visiting this rock carving you can choose to go the right and visit... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2015

a wonderful area where you can have some time for easy trekking: caves, ruins, the madara rider, stairs...

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