Бугарија

Legends of Stob Pyramids

According to one of the legends, once upon a time the parents of a boy from the village of Kolibite (Cottages) got him a bride from the nearest village of Stob. At that time would-be-brides kept their faces covered and nobody could see whether they were pretty or ugly until the day of the wedding. The groom was the first to unveil the bride and see her face. However, as the wedding procession was moving down the road, a mountain wind blew, lifted the red veil of the bride and uncovered her face.


However, as the wedding procession was moving down the road, a mountain wind blew, lifted the red veil of the bride and uncovered her face. She was so beautiful that the best man could not resist the temptation and asked to kiss her. Terrified of the sin that the best man would have committed, the participants in the procession were petrified and remained so forever: beautiful and majestic, with their stone caps.
There is another legend as well. It is about the impossible love between a Bulgarian girl and a Turkish boy. They dreamt that their love was doomed because of their different religions. Seized by despair, the girl jumped off the cliff. A pyramid appeared on that spot and the local community called it “The Bride”.
A third legend has it that many years ago a vast plain stretched on the site of today’s pyramids. When a wedding or another festivity was held, the villagers came together at the square and had fun.  There were two young lovers in the village. The girl’s mother was against a marriage between her daughter and the boy she loved. Nevertheless the girl and the boy decided to have a wedding. As soon as the mother heard about it, she went to the plain, stuck a big cross deep into the ground and cursed her daughter wishing that as soon as the bride kissed her father-in-law all the wedding guests would turn to stone. The day of the wedding came. Everybody was very happy. The mother, however, stayed at home and prayed fervently that her curse would come true and harm her daughter. When the reel dancers reached the plain and it was time for the bride to kiss her father-in-law, suddenly the whole wedding party was petrified.
There is also a story about a stone watch-tower that once rose at the locality known today as the Stob Pyramids. One could see Rila Mountain to the east and the view to the south was so vast that it stretched as far as Macedonia. The tower was of great significance for the local community of that time and in spite of the beautiful pyramids, the place was better known as “The Tower”. In 1904 a strong earthquake cracked the tower and it collapsed.


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