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Dark Tourism: Cape Kaliakra, Bulgaria - 05/31/2013

Cape Kaliakra is a long rocky headland, that juts out into the Black Sea from the coast of northern Bulgaria. Located in the region of Southern Dobruja - not far from the Romanian border - it's a popular spot for sightseeing and picnics, as well as featuring golf courses and a nature reserve. Beautiful as it may appear however, Cape Kaliakra nevertheless conceals a brutal history of suicide, siege and warfare. The Cape of 40 Maidens Cape Kaliakra (Bulgarian: Нос Калиакра) is located 60km north of Varna; Bulgaria's 'Summer Capital'. Offering a strategic vantage point over the Black Sea, the cape has seen a long history of fortifications; occupied successively by the Thracians, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Bulgarians, the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of Romania. The name 'Kaliakra' comes from the Byzantine Greek words, 'καλός' ('beautiful') and 'άκρα' ('headland' or 'fortress'). Even before the arrival of the Byzantines though, the cape was settled in the 4th century BC by a Thracian tribe known as the Tirizi. Unsurprising then, that this picturesque stretch of coastline has been the inspiration for countless myths and legends, tied in with a history that goes back as far as the earliest written records and beyond. We drove to the cape from Varna; past the Park-Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship and through the peculiar town of Kavarna, whose otherwise bland apartment blocks are decorated with towering murals of heavy metal musicians. The Kali...

Dark Tourism: Cape Kaliakra, Bulgaria

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