Kutela in Sarnena Sredna Gora
Updated: Aug 30
In Sarnena Sredna Gora there is always something to visit, something to see and something to talk about.
I'm here again because Roe Middle Forest knows how to impress and enchant its travelers so that they come back again and again.
Specifically, the place is St. Nicholas Pass - one of the most delightful and beautiful passes that exist. The road is Brezovo – Pavel Banya.
Right on the border of the regions of Plovdiv and Stara Zagora is another curious object that I have decided to present to you today.
Dear friends of "Photo Moments", I present to you Kutela in Sarnena Sredna Gora.
I will start my adventure from the beginning with detailed information on how to get to the place where today anyone can come, see and take pictures with Kutela.
How to get to Kutela?
This is the junction on the road Brezovo - Pavel Banya in the pass of Sveti Nikola in Sarnena Sredna Gora.
Kutela's place of existence is also marked on Google Maps. Therefore, it is best to set the point of your navigations and you will arrive right here without any problems.
The map shows the dirt road to Mount Bratan in Sarnena Sredna Gora between Rusareto and Golyama Shipkovitsa peaks.
The junction is marked with a large directional information sign laid on the rock on the left side (in case you are traveling from Brezovo in the direction of Pavel Banya), there is a small dark orange sign with the name "Kutelot", as well as a now fading inscription in green paint spelling out the word "The Kutel".
Here, in this place, you can safely leave your cars, because they will not interfere with the traffic, and from the point to Kutela you will walk on a wide dirt road.
This is how the path to Kutela looks like, the distance between the point where we left our cars and the point of interest is about a kilometer and is covered on foot in one breath in about 15 minutes.
The path is marked with dark orange information signs and arrows with the inscription "Kutela" and you will find your way in the right direction very easily.
You know me - I found something to occupy my time while walking along the path on my way to the interesting and curious new object.
Here is the place where Kutela is located - literally right next to the road on the left. The place where you should stop and look for it is marked with these directional information signs.
Look to the left.
There he is!
The Kutel - this is a huge gigantic megalithic piece of granite, which is shaped like a voluminous and spacious vessel.
It was discovered here, in this place, by brothers Herman and Karel Shkorpil - Czech-Bulgarian teachers, archaeologists and museum workers, geologists, botanists, architects, librarians and creators of Bulgarian archaeological science and museum work.
It is in their scientific publication "The Kutel" in their scientific work "Mounds" from 1898 that it is described that in the land of the village of Rozovets near the ruins of the medieval monastery "St. Nicholas" (under Mount Golyama Shipkovitsa) there is a sacrificial kutel, which is among the most curious sacrificial stones in the country.
At the end of the 19th century, when the Shkorpil brothers visited Kutela, the site was broken into pieces.
As you will see from the inscription placed in front of the huge stone vessel, the pieces were joined in the month of July 1966.
In the space carved in the form of a kutel, a person of almost full height can fit.
The object looks like a giant cup with shaped handles on either side. Its height is a meter and a half, its depth is a meter and 10 centimeters, and its walls are 40 centimeters thick. Kutela's recess is in the shape of a truncated cone, with a diameter of fifty centimeters at the bottom.
Striking for the Bulgarian archaeologists is the extremely correctly shaped granite rock like a kutel, as well as the presence of a second similar almost destroyed megalithic Kutel in the neighborhood.
Fragments of the second and ruined Kutel can be seen literally next door to the giant vessel.
The kettle also had a peculiar cover - a millstone, which, however, was appropriated in the past by an ill-wisher, who used the object for stone paving in the yard of his home.
Now go around the giant cup and stand on the other side of it, turning with your back to it.
You will see this narrow path which depending on the season may be more difficult to find.
About thirty meters from the huge stone vessel along this narrow path is a megalithic site, which was probably used for cult purposes by the Thracian tribes that inhabited the area in ancient times.
This is what the place looks like today.
The local population from the surrounding villages call the object "Kutela" as well as "Kotelo", and for a long time it is believed that it dates back to the 10th century and was used for Holy Baptism (as the exact name of the vessel used in the ritual is a font).
Of course, I also shot a wonderful film, which I am happy to present to your kind attention. Enjoy watching!
And at the end of today's curious journey, I wish everyone a pleasant walk!
What can be visited nearby?
Quite nearby you can see a natural landmark Hornbeam tree.
17 kilometers north of Kutela (about 22 minutes by car) is the village of Turia.
Here you can see the birthplace of Chudomir.
On the square in front of Chudomir's house, you can see a monument to the Chetnik Tsanko Minkov Dechev, born in Turia Botev - the Committee.
In the village of Turia you can enjoy an authentic Roman bridge "Skoka".
4 kilometers from the village of Turia (6 minutes by car) is the town of Pavel Banya - hot mineral springs and the aroma of roses.
3 kilometers east of Pavel Banya (about 5 minutes by car) you will find the village of Viden.
The proud ruins of the wonderful church "St. Anastasius" still stand near the village.
Only 23 kilometers from Pavel Banya (about 24 minutes by car) is the town of Kazanlak.
In Kazanlak, you can visit the rose museum.
After viewing the museum's rich exposition, I suggest you take a relaxing walk through the wonderful alleys of Rosarium Park in the city of Kazanlak.
In the city of Kazanlak, I suggest you also visit the church "Saint Ilia", also known as the Kulenska church.
Only 5 kilometers south of the town of Kazanlak (about 8 minutes by car) is the village of Buzovgrad, from where the wonderful eco-trail adventure "A time trail through the ages" begins.
You shouldn't miss it for anything in the world!
50 kilometers east of Kazanlak (about 40 minutes by car) you will find the "Zhrebchevo" dam.
The ruins of the sunken church "St. Ivan Rilski" still stand by the dam.
14 kilometers southwest of Kutela (about 17 minutes by car) you will find the village of Babek. "Babek" dam is located nearby, near which you can take a wonderful walk.
Just 10 kilometers north of the village of Babek (about 16 minutes by car) you will find the Svezhen Architectural and Historical Reserve.
In the village of Svezhen, you can visit the church "Holy Apostles Peter and Paul".
You can visit the ruins of the old church "St. George", near which the foundations have been discovered - the remains of cells plastered with mud plaster on the walls, which are supposed to have been inhabited by the scribes-calligraphers of the Adjarian literary school.
22 kilometers southwest of Kutela (about 24 minutes by car) is the town of Brezovo.
In Brezovo on a weekday, stop by the municipality to see the exhibition dedicated to Beethoven's best portraitist - Mincho Katsarov.
Another great Bulgarian artist - Zlatyo Boyadzhiev - is from Brezovo. His house in the town of Brezovo is open for visits and anyone can see it.
15 kilometers from the town of Brezovo (about 15 minutes by car) you will find the town of Rakovski.
In Rakovski, be sure to immerse yourself in the magic of Bulgarian folk tales by visiting the "Fairy Tale Forest" park.
Tales that the park will tell you:
An adapted playground is located nearby.
And as a finale, my dear friends,
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