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Reviewed 1 week ago

The whole Madara Archeological Reserve is very cool. The Madara Rider is the most impressive piece, and an important national monument, and it's front and center when you get here. Easy to see once you climb a few steps and surrounded by a beautiful park-like...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank chocolateandwine
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The fact that it is the only rock relief in Europe since the early Middle Ages makes it significant. However, I got a little angry when I read what it says on the sign under the bas-relief. There it says that the inscription around the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank _C4296FM
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A mystical place, proud of being Bulgarians. Unique nature with many caves and panoramic views. The walk takes about 3 hours without haste, with access to the fortress being particularly extreme. A must-visit place.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Shishkoov
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Madara Rider is amazing in every respect. It is worth spending a day exploring all places. A few hours is the minimum. You will find this interesting bas-relief from the eight century, but also the ruins of the castle, the tomb and the most unusual...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 16 July 2019

We went at the end of the day so had the place to ourselves. The sculpture is worth a quick look see, but more interesting are the caves. Lovely and peaceful place in the woods

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Sally14a
Reviewed 16 July 2019

Carved into a dolomitic sandstone cliff some 1600 years ago, the Madara Rider is now the symbol of Bulgaria. A noble on a horse, his spear sunk into a lion, his hunting dog at his heels, this carving not only echoes what life was like...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Leonine949
Reviewed 10 June 2019

Yes, the Rider is nice and all and not that difficult to get too. But if you want something really worth the effort, make sure you climb all the way to the top to see the Fortress and the amazing view from the plateau. For...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Vítor V
Reviewed 8 June 2019 via mobile

Hope that there would be a way to get it more accessible in a way to see it closer without touching it. Since it’s quite far, you barely see the art if you can call that way. However, it’s still worth a visit as you...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank catharinaazur
Reviewed 7 June 2019

Have to walk up many steps or a winding path to reach the Madara Rider. I you choose the steps rather a steep climb. If you choose the path there is a lovely small shrine enroute. On arrival at the Madara Rider which is carved...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ivor S
Reviewed 9 May 2019 via mobile

A couple of days AFTER visiting this place, we realized how important the Horseman is to the Bulgarian identity. I'm very glad we did visit :))

Date of experience: May 2019
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