Madara Rider

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The Madara Rider, representing the figure of a knight triumphing over a lion, is carved into a 100-m-high cliff near the village of Madara in north-east Bulgaria. Madara was the principal sacred place of the First Bulgarian Empire before Bulgaria’s conversion to Christianity in the 9th century. The inscriptions beside the sculpture tell of events that occurred between AD 705 and 801.

Trivia

  • The Madara Rider is celebrated as the “Global Symbol of Bulgaria.”
  • The relief of the horseman is located about 50 feet off of the ground on a sheer rock face which makes one wonder about the difficulty of creating something like this back in around 710 AD.
  • The entire area is said to have a certain spiritual energy – so much so that one of the founding fathers of Bulgaria, Han Asperux, built a fortress here to tap into the mystical forces held within.
  • The relief of the horseman is located about 50 feet off of the ground on a sheer rock face which makes one wonder about the difficulty of creating something like this back in around 710 AD.

Year of Inscription: 1979

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The Madara Rider, representing the figure of a knight triumphing over a lion, is carved into a 100-m-high cliff near the village of Madara in north-east Bulgaria. Madara was the principal sacred place of the First Bulgarian Empire before Bulgaria’s conversion to Christianity in the 9th century. The inscriptions...

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