The Legends of the Stob Pyramids in Rila Mountain, Bulgaria

The Stob Pyramids are located in the village of Stob in the Rila Mountain. They are rock-formations, sculpted in thicknesses of 30-40m with an average height between 7 and 10 m. Especially at sunset, they will paint pictures in front of you with brown, reddish and dark yellow colors. Many of the formations have been given names – the Towers, The Hammers, The Wild Woman’s Chimneys, The Snaggle-tooths, the Brothers, The Wedding Couple, etc.

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The pyramids have formed from easily rusting rocks and soil as a result of dripping water from rain or snow melting that has washed off the top rock or soil layer.

How to get to The Stob Pyramids?

Once you arrive in the village of Stob and leave your car on the parking of the nature park, the path leading from the parking lot to the pyramids is well marked with signs. The eco-path is designed for relaxation on the way to the ultimate destination, so it is suitable for recruits in the voyages. During the walk, you can enjoy not only the Stob Pyramids but also the neighboring high hills of the majestic Rila Mountain.

Already at the top, the slopes are enclosed and fortified to prevent possible accidents. In front of you, there will be a variety of rock formations, and you will have all the time in the world to admire them. Tourists who have visited the area say that in the moonlight the pyramids look magical.

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What legends have enveloped the pyramids?

The first legend says that a long time ago in the village there were a young man and woman who were in love. Unfortunately, the girl's mother did not approve her future son-in-law and did not want them to marry. When the young couple announced their decision, she decided not to allow this to happen and went to the area, where the pyramids are now, and cursed her daughter that during the wedding, when she kisses the future husband, all the guests will fossilize. And so it happened. 

The other legend says that over the village of Stob there was another village - Bozovaya, but there was no Christian church for marriages, and the local people went down to the village of Stob to marry the young ones there. During one of the weddings, the whole village gathered. According to the tradition, the bride's face was hidden and no one should have seen her during the ride, but the wind lifted her bridal veil, and the best man saw her face. He could not stand before the young bride's incomparable beauty and tried to kiss her. At that moment, all the wedding guests turned into stone figures and remained there forever.

There is also a legend about the impossible love between a Bulgarian girl and a Turkish boy. They both dreamed that their love was doomed because of the differences in the religions. Because of that, the girl jumped from the rock, and a pyramid was formed, which later was called "The Bride."

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Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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