Погрижете се за свободното си време, докато сте на наша територия, поемайки по отъпканите пътеки или в изцяло непозната за вас досега посока из обитела на къща за гости „Златея“. Казват, че тук се крие чуден резерват, от който блика неизчерпаема позитивна енергия, действаща целебно за духа и тялото. Нещо повече, от незапомнени времена се вярва в сакралния дух, витаещ наоколо и до днес.
Nestled at the foot of the aforementioned sanctuary with enormous historical-archaeological importance small village, impresses all passionate travelers, running away from the burden of the everyday city life, with fresh and clean air, majestic landscapes and numerous interesting landmarks that you are going to love deeper with every next day!
Historical-archaeological sanctuary ‘Madara’ is located at about 2 km. away from the named after it small village and not more than 17 km. away from the town of Shumen. There are many legends about this miracle of nature such as for the existence of cave sanctuaries hidden deep in the area, hermit cells and more. Furthermore, local people still believe in the building of many ancient sanctuaries, temples, and estates through the ages. The spiritual and material abundance of the culture of many primitive ethnic communities back in time is the evidence for this. Another interesting fact that grabs the attention of our guests immediately is the origin of the name ‘Madara’. Locals believe in the widely spread theory that the name ‘madara’ comes from Оld-Bulgarian language and means ‘holy rock’.
The Majestic ‘Madara Rider’
On your way to ‘Madara’ sanctuary, we advise you to pay special attention to the unique rock bas-relief known as ‘Madara Rider’. Masterfully sculpted on a height of 23 meters rider is a perfect pattern of the extremely rich Bulgarian medieval culture
There are many stories about the origin of the Madara rider as the most popular of them is telling us about a Latin king who had been hunting in the area and died after falling from one of the gaping rocks. Right after his death his relatives ordered a master to immortalize the memory for the king by chipping his image on the rock.
The Madara fortress: eco paths
Apart from ‘Madara rider’ that is a wonderful example of our rich early medieval culture, there are certainly many other things that can be seen around.
If you take your way to the right of the rider you’ll enjoy another marvelous landmark hidden in the surroundings of the picturesque Shumen small village Madara called Madara fortress.
If you want to reach its majestic presence, take the eco path that starts directly from the road right of the ‘Madara rider’. Following the path, you’ll reach the plateau and after it, with its full pride, the Madara fortress will be in front of you. The route itself is rather time-consuming than your energy consuming.
That is why we advise you to pull together in our guesthouse with a swimming pool and additional extras ‘Zlateya’, in order to be able to face bravely the challenges of the route, leading to the ancient fortress that once protected the first Bulgarian capital city- Pliska.
Letters’ courtyard in Pliska
When talking about Pliska, what more pleasant way to spend your afternoon than a lovely walk not anywhere but around the letters’ courtyard in Pliska.
The curious name of the landmark derives from a fabulous composition, made of the 30 letters in our alphabet, chipped with a special army stone.
Alongside our guests will remain enchanted of a gallery with numerous pictures in which are kept memories from the conversion to Christianity of Bulgarian people.
The sacred rock Daul Tash is an excellent example of the next cultural wealth located on the territory of the village of Madara. An interesting fact for the sacred rocky formation is connected to its initial shape that resembled Daul Tash of an enormous pillar rather than something else. Whether this is true or just another legend we cannot say for sure however the story about its sacred presence is still in the air in these lands even and today.
The Roman Villa
While walking around the cultural landmarks in the area don’t forget to visit for a minute and the so-called Roman Villa in Madara.
Considered as an extremely bright pattern for an impressive architecture in roman style the so-called Roman Villa, less known as Villa Rustica, brings us too far historical times, distinctive with its typical agricultural villas, spread among the provinces of the Roman Empire during that time.
Khan Krum village
What do you know about the small picturesque village with the name of the medieval Bulgarian monarch Khan Krum?
Situated on the Shumen plateau and on the local nature landmark known as ‘Kalugerov boaz’, Khan Krum village is well known for its rich historical past and abundance of archaeological finds.
It is the archaeological finds that warrants the archaeologists to assume the area as a bishop centre linked in different ways with the federati, Christianised by the Goths Arians.
Fairly later on the same place was built a heavily fortified castle better known today as the Hall of Khan Omurtag.
The built hall comes to tell us about the heavy building activity, typical for the times of Khan Omurtag that reminds us about our medieval culture.
Following other interesting facts about the village the area appears to be extremely affable place with many natural limestone caves spread here and there among the so called Kalugerov defile.
The same limestone caves from those distant days turned from the monks into monasteries and which have succeeded to survive the severe tests of weather. Such examples are the Kalugerski monastery and the Khan Krum rocky monastery.
Shumen garrison Museum
Have you heard of the so-called Shumen garrison Museum?
Interleave your walk by changing your direction to the Shumen garrison and the located in its arms museum that has kept till today materials from our national liberation battles in which took part also the local divisions.
The museum itself have at about 140 showcases, telling stories about the military history of the town of Shumen. On your way out don’t forget to have a look at the artillery weapons at the courtyard of the museum.
The local fountain with an extremely strange name "Kurshun Cheshma" is named after this way because of its roof made of lead plates. As of today, the roof is made with tiles which we wouldn’t say is something extremely unusual.
Nevertheless the local ‘lead fountain’ is considered to be a particular Revival trace that is getting back us to the distant 1774 when it was actually built.
The eye of Osmar and the rocky monasteries of Osmar
The rocky monasteries nestled in the arms of the village of Osmar represent unseen nature phenomenon that is spoken since immemorial times. They are considered to be an extremely strong source of energy, so much that they could be put together with other strong energy fields on our lands such as Madara and Rupite.
They are situated very close, not more than 3 km. far from the Shumen plateau, the rocky monasteries definitely deserve to be included in your improvised walk among the most interesting culture and nature landmarks around the Shumen area.
Just above the so-called Kostadinov monastery, you can spot another bizarre nature formation- the eye of Osmar that got its name because of its shape that resembles an eye or a ‘ring’.