|UNESCO #43 - Madara Rider - BULGARIA|
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Madara Horserider - BULGARIA - UNESCO #43
Tsvetana, my good friend from Sofia, sent me two UNESCO postcards from Bulgaria. This one shows the famous Madara Horserider in the National Historical and Archeological Reserve of the same name. According to her, more details were visible in the past, but the rock is slowly disintegrating - I hope that archeologists and geologists soon discover a way to preserve this iconic figure. Thank you very much Tsveti, this is my 140th UNESCO card, only 841 to finish. This postcard took 12 days to arrive!
The Madara Rider, representing the figure of a knight triumphing over a lion, is carved into a 100-m-high cliff near the village of Madara in north-east Bulgaria. Madara was the principal sacred place of the First Bulgarian Empire before Bulgaria’s conversion to Christianity in the 9th century. The inscriptions beside the sculpture tell of events that occurred between AD 705 and 801.