The Melnik Pyramids
The Melnik Pyramids are the most fascinating natural phenomena not only in Bulgaria, but on the whole Balkans as well. They are situated in the surrounding areas of Melnik, the smallest city in the country.
They are rock formations scattered over an area of 50 square kilometers. The Melnik Pyramids were declared a natural landmark in 1960. They are divided into three groups – The Melnik, Karlanovo, and Rozhen Pyramids.
These unique natural formations attract tourists from all over the world. It is thought that the limestone of which they are composed is the result of erosion, and those forces continue to alter their shape.
These fantastically sculpted rocks have assumed the most varied shapes and details, resembling stone mushrooms, haystacks, minarets, alpine ridges and peaks, swords, obelisks, Egyptian pyramids, Gothic cathedrals, and so forth.
Of particular interest are the pyramids in the vicinity of Karlanovo, in the Blagoevgrad region. These obelisks are 100 meters high, with sheer, unassailable cliff faces that are covered with tufts of grass.