Petrich Kale – Petrich Fortress

Petrich Kale, “declared a national cultural monument in the village of Avren where remains of Roman civilization on the plateau of Kamchia River were found. Petrich Kale fortress is an important stronghold in the defense system of the medieval Bulgarian state. Built in the 5th and the 6th century the Petrich Castle was demolished and rebuilt again in the period from the 10th and the 12th centuries. Hungarian King Ladislav conquered and destroyed the castle in 1444.

Rocks surrounding the Petrich fortress offers excellent conditions for climbing. Kozhuh area is located 8 km to the north from the town of Petrich (there is a turn aside from the road, connecting the town with international road 79). It resembles a cone of an inactive volcano with its characteristic forms and formations. Part of it is announced for a protected natural area because of the presence of the only existing for Bulgaria endemites and relic plant and animal types. Here, numerous mineral springs with high content of sulfur, suitable for balneological spa treatment as well as for the production of green grasses spring out. The home of Petrich fore-teller Vanga is located in the area Kozhuh as well as the built up by her church “St. Petka”.