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History of the Thracian city of Perperikon

Updated on February 23, 2018
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History about The Thracian City of Perperikon

The ancient Thracian city of Perperikon is located 10 miles of the town of Kurdzhali, Bulgaria. Residing in the Rhodope Mountains, it is said to be one of the most spiritual spots in the world. Legend has it that Orpheus descended into the underworld to save his wife Eurydice. Legend also has it that Perperikon holds a secret spiritual passage to another dimension.

Within the city's temple are stone alters that was erected for Dionysus, the God of wine and sexual ecstasy. Dionysus was known by the Greeks and the Romans as Bacchus. The stone alters was where the Dionysian cults' sexual orgies and sacrifices took place. Orpheus was a disciple of Dionysus and was against these practices. Though, because of his opposition against this cult, he was murdered by female occultists called the maenads.

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Devils Throat

A cave called the Devils Throat which is located within the Rhodope Mountains, is where Orpheus went into the underworld in search for his wife's dead body. When Orpheus made his journey into the Devil's Throat, he was transformed. Through his transformation he became a prophet. Orpheus brought spiritual knowledge to the Thracians centuries before Christ.


The era of Perperikon

During the Byzantine age, the city of Perperikon was called Hyperperakon. A defensive wall surrounded the city, along with a tower for protection. After century’s pass the city of Perperikon was left desolate. Archeologists have found many signs of other civilizations that have resided there whom were the Goths, Romans and the Byzantines. History has it that the Greek historian Herodotus spoke of the sanctuary of Dionysus, stating that it was a place where prophecies were made. Prophecies that were made in the city of Perperikon in the past predicted the conquest of Alexander the Great. The second prediction told of the reign of the Emperor, Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus, whom was the first Roman Emperor.

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