The Trigrad's Gorge (Trigradskoto Jdrelo)
The Trigrad gorge is about 7 km long, but its most fascinating part is not more than 2 km in length. The average altitude of the gorge is 1 450 m. The lowest part is in the area called Oaks Bridge (Bukov Most) – 947 m altitide and the highest point is the Tower Peak (Vrah Kulata) – 1 543 m altitude. The gorge was proclaimed protected area in 1963.
The Trigrad’s gorge is a place with a regerous beauty. While the road meanders between the cliffs, the sky remains a mere streak of light. The cliffs themselves soar as high as 100 m or more, and the distance between them hardly reaches 20-30 m.
In the course of millions of years the waters of the tiny rhodope river bearing the same name as the gorge have dissolved, broken and carried away the marble rocks. In the beginning of the gorge, above the old bed of the river, which now runs underground in the deep Devil's throat cave (Peshtera Diavolskoto Garlo), marble cliffs soar to the sky. Om the other side of the road in the east part of the Gorge you will find Haramiiskata Peshtera (Haramiiska Cave).
A number of bridges span the river that runs through the middle of the village. The biggest and most impressive bridge is, I am told, a very old bridge originally built by the Romans when they occupied this region.
In this photo, you can see on the other side of the river the slope down to the water's edge where cows and sheep are regularly taken to drink.
Walking around the village
The Muslim and Christian culture and traditions go hand in hand in the village. So, it is not surprising that you can see a Christian church and a Muslim mosque build side by side.