The new kemer
Updated: Feb 21
In the middle of the picturesque Medet pass through the forests of Sachtinska Sredna Gora, you will find this ancient stone bridge, which I am excited to present to you today.
In summer and autumn, the New kemer is immersed in the dense foliage of the young beech forest.
How do you get here?
Traveling along the Zlatitsa - Panagyurski kolonii - Panagyurishte road, which winds through the enchantingly beautiful Medet pass in every season, just after the bridge over Topolnitsa river turn left, where there is a large parking space by the road.
The new kemer is a very beautiful, remarkable and impressive bridge!
It connects the two banks of the Topolnitsa River.
A faded old archival photograph from 1939 shows a bus passing along it, traveling on the Panagyurishte - Zlatitsa - Sofia line.
An old Roman road, used in antiquity and later in the Middle Ages, used to wind through here. Therefore, if you climb up from the north side of the bridge, you will also find ancient remains of small defensive fortresses - sentinels that guarded these slopes thousands of years ago.
This old double-arched bridge has had many names over the centuries - Eski Kyupru, Bulin Bridge, Kadenin Bridge, as well as the New kemer.
One of the legends tells about its name, that it was built at the behest of a rich Zlatishka kadan, hence the Kadanin bridge.
Another tells of an old gold hoard found under the central and larger arch of the bridge, about twelve meters wide.
I tried to go through it too.
After the construction of the mining enterprises in the area in the middle of the last century, the old bridge was sent to a well-deserved rest, and a new, modern and wider bridge was built parallel to it, which is in use today.
What can be seen nearby?
8 kilometers from the new kemer (about 11 minutes by car) is the town of Zlatitsa, where you can visit some interesting sights.
In the center of the town of Zlatica is the old clock tower.
From the old clock tower, head towards the northeastern part of Zlatitsa, north of the railway line, where Stara Planina Street is located. Taking it, you will soon find yourself outside the northern outskirts in the foothills of the Balkans, where humming will tell you that you are approaching Zlatiski Waterfall.
In the immediate vicinity of the waterfall itself are the stairs that will take you to the chapel of St. St. Cyric and Iulita. The place offers an extremely beautiful view of the entire Zlatitsa-Pirdop valley.
If you continue to the left past the waterfall, you will find yourself at the Ascension Monastery and Spasovo spring.
Don't miss to see the wonderful "Grandpa's mitten" park.
16 kilometers from the new kemer (20 minutes by car) are the majestic ruins of the Ѐlenska Basilica, which you should not miss visiting.
Near the ruins of the Elenska Basilica, as a memory of the destroyed Bulgarian monastery, in 2010 a chapel "St. Elijah".
19 kilometers from new kemer (about 20 minutes by car) is the beautiful Central Forest gem Dushantsi. In the center of the village stands a proud and dignified centennial sequoia, which awaits you.
Let your walk also take you to the beautiful church "St. St. Cyril and Methodius".
Dušanci is a delightful place in every season! Proof of this are the magnificent photo moments with the wonderful Christmas decorations, bringing so much delight to our senses!
At the end of the village, be sure to turn left, where an authentic Roman Kufarita bridge awaits you.
Continuing after the Kufarita bridge, the road will take you to the "St. George" chapel above Dushantsi, from where you will enjoy a wonderful view of the entire Zlatishko-Pirdop valley.
The road after the village will take you to the "Dushantsi" dam - magnificent in every season - in autumn, in winter and on the border between spring and summer. Enjoy it!
15 kilometers from New Kemer (about 20 minutes by car) you will find the village of Panagyurski kolonii.
In the village of Panagyurski Colonies, you must visit the beautiful lake, in which amazingly beautiful water lilies bloom.
Ако продължите по пътя за Панагюрище, не пропускайте да се насладите на изящните му музикални фонтани.
Съвсем близо до Новият Кемер по същия път се оглеждайте за отворено изумрудено око.
А сега ви пожелавам приятна разходка!