Rock-cult thracian complex above the village of Nochevo

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The thracian rock sanctuaries with mysterious trapezoidal rock niches carved in them are typical of the Eastern Rhodopes. The forests above the village of Nochevo are full of similar niches and small caves (like Kodja Yin) and sharapani (container for processing grapes for the purpose of wine production).

The village of Nochevo is located on the road Plovdiv - Kardzhali. When you reach the road sign for the village, continue straight until you reach a fork where you have to proceed to the left (the turn to the right will take you to Parmak kaya). After a few kilometers you will reach the village, where the asphalt road ends. Continuing straight you will reach the only place where you can park, namely the town hall of the village and the once abandoned school.

The people from the village are very responsive and if you meet them, they will be happy to guide you where to go. One option is to go up the road above the school. There is a slight climb and you have to hit the path, which is very picturesque. The other option is to take the road under the town hall, along the river Velichka. The path is relatively wide and flat. After a 20 minute walk you will reach under the pine forest, on a wide meadow. To your left there will be an amazing view. There you will see the first sharapana in the area.

If you go up through the pine forest to the left, you will reach Kodja yin cave (the Big cave).

The whole area is covered with different paths. There are quite a few that you can walk and immerse into the secret of the thracians.

One of the most interesting things we saw there were the rock drawings that we accidentally found. I assure you that on live looks much more authentic than the pictures. When they are made and what they want to tell us, we can only guess.

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