Type: Archaeological site
This temple of Cybele had been discoveredĀ near Balchik in the spring of 2007 during excavations for the construction of an on-site hotel. The construction had been stopped by the municipality.
The archaeologists are adamant that the Temple of Cybele is the largest discovery in recent years because it is a public building and not a private tomb or mound. This temple of mother goddess Cybele is unique not only for Bulgaria but also for the Balkans. The archaeologists consider it is the most well preserved temple in the world and it might become exceptionally important one.
The temple was active for 700 years. There are performed rituals even 100 years after acceptingĀ of the Christianity. Based on theĀ found inscriptions, documents and coins it was defined that the temple of Cybele was built in the III-th century BC and is a part of the ancient city Dionysopolis, which was located in the borders of present town of Balchik
About Cybele: The goddess Cybele is originally from Anatolia. She was a deification of the Earth Mother and has been worshipped since Neolithic times.