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Sofia - Belogradchik

The Belogradchik Rocks are a group of bizarrely-shaped sandstone and limestone rock formations located on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, near the town of Belogradchik in northwest Bulgaria. The rocks vary in colour from red to grey to yellow; some of the rocks reach up to 200 m in height. Many rocks have fantastic shapes and are associated with interesting legends. They are often named after people or objects they are thought to resemble such as as the Madonna, the School girl, the Rider, the Monks, the Student, the Lion, the Bear, Adam and Eve and the Castle. The Belogradchik Rocks have been declared a Natural Landmark by the Bulgarian government and are a major tourist attraction in the region.

Formation: At the end of the Palaeozoic era before 230 million BC in this region, sandy and marly rocks had become stratified. Later they were covered with sea, on the bottom of which laid sand, gravel and clay. As time went by, these materials were connected with sandy-clay solder. That is how conglomerates (rocks consisting of different sizes of stones held together by clay) appeared. Over millions of years from the shapeless stone, nature sculptured figures of mythical creatures, people, animals and birds.