Place Category: Natural WondersPlace Tags: ancient, desert, forest, Pobitite kamuni, stone, and Varna
Pobitite Kamani is the only natural formed desert in Eastern Europe. It is situated 18 km away from Varna. The stone forest is formed by stone pillars of limestone rising to a height of 12 meters. No one is currently solved how it was formed. According to a theory nearly 50 million years there was a sea on the today’s’ field. When the waters retreated, the rock bottom was exposed to the wind and the sun, and thus formed the bizarre stone figures.
According to another theory, the stone forests are actually the remains of corals. Proponents of a third version are convinced that in the hollow columns are formed initially around fossilized tropical trees that rotten and left the columns with a hollow interior. Others are sure that the structures are formed from natural gas sources. Or that the stone forest is the core of rocks destroyed by time.
There are also a lot of legends about the place. According to one giant brought the stones because they wanted to use them for the building of the Bulgarian capital Pliska. Another fairy version tells of a young man to whom God revealed his name and gave immorality. The lad was warned that if he betrays God’s name to anyone he will become mortal again. But the young man felt in love on the beach with a fabulous girl. And asked Marine Titans to help him to win the lady. In return, they asked the boy to reveal the name of God. And he agreed. So the next morning he arranged the Titans in the field that is today near Varna and wrote with their bodies the name of God. The Lord was touched by the love of the young man and his sacrifice and frozen the bodies of the Titans. So they can still be seen in today in the stone forest Pobitite Kamani.
The most famous group of stones is called Dikliktash. The entrance fee to walk around the stones figures – the camel, the throne, the guards and etc. is 3 leva or approximately 1,5 euro. The place is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. After the working time you can visit it for free.
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