bulgaria-ancient-historyBelintash is a small plateau in the Rhodope Mountains, bearing traces of human activity. It is supposed to be a cult site dating back to the Neolithic, which was used for ritual purposes.

In the later epochs, when the Thracians inhabited this area, the existing ancient sanctuary was dedicated to the god Sabazius. On top of the rock there are round holes, grooves, niches and steps, which, according to some researchers, form a starry sky map.

The length of the rock site is about 300 m, an altitude of 1 225 m. It is located 30 km southeast of the town of Asenovgrad. This is the second largest rock-cut sanctuary in Bulgaria (after Perperikon), located on an area of approx. 5 acres, on a long (north-south) rock plate, with an average slope east of about 18º.

According to one of the most prominent Bulgarian specialists in prehistory Prof. Anna Raduncheva, the Neolithic temple complex near the village of Dolnoslav and the sanctuary of Belintash are inextricably linked. The temple complex is an integral part of the high mountain system of rock sanctuaries and is the lowest located unit. The site has functioned as a single complex with the large Belintash rock sanctuary.

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International Expedition

At the end of July 2014, an international expedition studying the signs left by an ancient civilization on the prehistoric sanctuaries of Belintash, Tatul and Harman Kaya took place.


Part of the scientists is Professor Anna Raduncheva from the Archaeological Institute at BAS, archaeologist Robert Bovall, geologist Dr. Robert Shock and NASA astrophysicist Thomas Brophy.

Robert Bowal – author of some of the greatest bestsellers in the field of Egyptology, and more explicitly about the age and significance of the pyramids in Giza and their relationship to cosmology, beliefs in the knowledge of ancient people about the universe.

He suggests that the Bulgarian sanctuaries may be more ancient even than the Egyptian, which could turn the overall picture of where and how the development of human civilization started.

Using the most up-to-date methods in computer analysis, Dr.Brophy concludes that one meter from the scale of the sanctuary corresponds to 0.799 light-years in space. In this way, he discovers a stellar map with the exact match between the individual stone blocks and their "stars" in the sky. No less interesting is the relief beneath the sanctuary hidden under a 4-meter layer of sand. It represents an astonishingly accurate map of the Milky Way seen from the position of the galactic pole.

With the discovery of Thomas Brophy, the question arises again: How did the inhabitants of Earth 8 500 BC (or even earlier) know what the Milky Way looks like from the Galactic Pole?

Robert Shock says: “Civilizations in Egypt and the Rhodopes are linked”.

According to official science, civilizations and sophisticated cultures originated only 5 000 years ago. While his theory of Sphinx, Robert Shock, provides scientific evidence that this is not the case, and developed civilizations had gone well before this period.

Shock says: "After visiting the Rhodope Mountains, I think traces of such a civilization exist in Bulgaria. It is clear to the specialists that the sanctuaries we were able to visit were used in 3000 BC but were built on much older structures - 8,000 -10,000 years, even more.

This trip was for me an appetizer that arouses appetite for further research.

The scientists are accompanied by a team of the Bulgarian National Television, who filmed a documentary

Myths and legends

There is a legend that somewhere beneath Belintash is hidden an ancient library of knowledge left by the ancient Thracians.

Zlatno_sakrovishte2Another treasure legend says that somewhere in the area between “Belintash” and “Karadzhov stone”, monks from the Medieval Monastery of Krustova Gora have been hidden riches and literature from the Ottoman hordes during their invasion in Bulgarian lands.

There are publications that Belintash is the place where Noah's ark was moored, as the biblical vessel was anchored on the great stone ring cut into the rocks.

In July 2013, National Geographic Bulgaria dedicates its leading article on the Rhodopean sanctuaries, and on the cover of the photograph is a photograph of the so-called "Guard" of the Sanctuary of Belintash on the background of the starry sky made by photographer Krasimir Andonov (autumn 2009 K. Andonov started working on the photographic series "Rock-carved Monuments", the first footage being shot on Belintash).