Honor St. Mina in the rock sanctuary near the village of Mechkul

On November 11th, when the Christian church celebrated St. Mina, the residents of the village of Mechkul, Simitli municipality, also worship the saint’s memory. They celebrate the feast of the stone sanctuary dedicated to St. Mina near the village, preparing and distributing a kurban for health. The rock formations that form the sanctuary are likened to the lark, lion’s head, eel and even the footstep of Krali Marko.

St Mina

The archaeological excavations in the area have argued over 7,000 years before Christ. The region is inhabited by the Thracian tribe medi. According to the locals, there was a sanctuary, and his priestess precisely here predicted to Alexander the Macedonian that he would conquer the world. According to another tradition, the stones are ordered in this order of titans by order of Zeus himself.

St Mina
St Mina

Near the sanctuary, the locals have built a chapel of St. Mina, who is the patron of the Christian family. It is they who continue to celebrate the place where different deities and religions have been celebrated for thousands of years.

St Mina
St Mina
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I love history, to walk through old cobblestone streets, to smell the air of the past times and to feel the legends in the air. And I'm lucky to have been born in a country with a glorious past and a lot of stories to tell. Bulgaria was founded more than 1,300 years ago and has never changed its name. But the life of people, their everyday habits, their traditions, their music and their art have changed over the centuries. I invite you to take a walk through the different ages of Bulgaria and to get to know it better.