Thracian sharapani and Sundial






Mineralni bani village and Bryastovo village, Minrelani bani municipality


700-800 г. BC;
10 000 г. BC.

Chronology From Neolithic to antiquity
History and description

The Sharapani are rock indentations made by the people before the 2600-2800 years. Archaeological excavations dating these findings about VIII-VI century BC These are artificially made grooves in the rock to a depth 20-70 cm diameter and 50-180 cm Each sharapana consists of two unequal small pools with tilted and open or closed duct . Sharapan name comes from the Turkish word “şarap” and means wine. This indicates that in them the inhabitants of these places are processed grapes for wine. It is believed that Sharapani are associated with the cult of Dionysus /god of wine and mirth/.
In 2013 a teammaking a documentary(led by Maya Vaptsarova) found near the village of Mineralni Baniuni quesundialdating from 5000 to 10000 years.Only ever founda similar clock is located in Mexico, but unlike him, who is 5feet, the clock to the village consists of 7. Unless steps, various grooves and holes are well preserved.This sundial can measure not only the hours, minutes and seconds and days, so that he simultaneously served as a calendar.

Interesting facts Do you know …

... Landscape that unfolds traveling in this part of the country is quite different from that of a few centuries ago.

Status of the cultural site

Thracian sharapana next to the village of Gorno Bryastovo was declared a cultural monument of local importance.

Other sites nearby

  • Menhir, Bryastovo village;
  • Thracian fortress Kaleto.


Good communication and relatively well-maintained asphalt road.Sharapanite are situated close to a parking lot on an old holiday house on the way to the hut "Aida" on peak Mechkovets next to the ancient clock


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