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“Neither the gorges of 01- lioules in Provence, nor the Pin- carbo ravine in Spain, nor the Alps, nor the Pyrenees, nor the marvelous mountains of Tirol in Switzerland possess some­thing that could be compared to the views I saw in Bulgaria at Belogradchik”
Jerome Blanqui, 1841
The formation of the Belo­gradchik rocks started during the Permian period, about 230 million years ago. Many fan­tastic rock figures, small valleys and passages with steep verti­cal slopes have formed for mil­lions of years as a result of the processes of vertical erosion, denudation, freezing, growth of mosses and lichens, and other natural factors. A large group of stone fig­ures, pronounced as natural wonders, is located near the town and the fortress. It doesn’t take such a powerful imagina­tion to see in the rocks "The Madonna”, “The Monks”, "The Horse Rider”, “The Dervish”, “The Bear”, “Adam and Eve”, “Haidouk Velko”, "The Castle”, “The Lion”, etc.
During the years many Bulgarian and foreign scien­tists, travelers and tourists have bowed before the beauty of the unique Belogradchik rocks. During one voyage in the region Konstantin Irechek cried out: “This cannot be de­scribed in words. This must be seen!”.
“I believe that no human soul can approach the surpris­ing Belogradchik scenery and remain senseless to the might of a deep and overwhelming im­pression.”
Felix Kanitz