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Madara National Reserve is a complex of archaeological sites that includes the remains of an ancient settlement, Roman sanctuaries and villas, as well as the ruins of a medieval fortress located on the top of the Madara cliff. The reserve is located in the eastern part of Bulgaria near the town of Shumen.
The most famous attraction of the reserve is the Madara Horseman. – relief, carved into the rock, occupying about 23 m 2. The relief was made in the form of a horseman, in full size, hunting a lion. In one hand, the rider was depicted a goblet of wine, in the other – peak. A dying lion was depicted under the hooves of a horse. Around the image of the rider, one can also observe inscriptions made in the Old Greek language, telling about the rulers of Bulgaria. Madara Horseman is a unique example of medieval Bulgarian art.
Another interesting place in the reserve – a plateau that rises in the central part of the Danuba plain. In antiquity, this plain was inhabited by Thracian tribes. The large open cave beneath the mountain was formerly an ancient Thracian sanctuary.
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Topic: National Historical and Archaeological Reserve Madara in Bulgaria.