Bulgarian World Heritage: Madara Rider

The Madara Rider is a piece of the World Heritage list issued by UNESCO.

It is located in north-east Bulgaria close to the village Madara and is craved into a 100-m-high cliff.

It represents a knight riding a lion followed by a dog and relates to an event that happened between AD 705 and 801.

Photo: © Vincent Ko Hon Chiu

Madara Rider is a unique relief not only for Bulgaria but for the whole continent because it has no parallel in Europe and was a sacred place for the First Bulgarian Empire before the 9th century when country conversed to Christianity.

“The Madara Rider is a unique relief, an exceptional work of art, created during the first years of the formation of the Bulgarian State, at the beginning of the 8th century”, state from UNESCO.

The uncertain stability of the rock on which the rider takes place is a major problem for its conservation.

Photo: © Vincent Ko Hon Chiu 

The rock is slowly eroding due to the biological coatings, strong wind, running-off water from heavy rains or melting snow.

The inscriptions around the Madara River are a chronicle of major historical events that took place during the ruling of the Khans Tervel, Kormisos and Omurtag.

 

Description is available under license CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0

Photos: © Vincent Ko Hon Chiu 

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