The Stob Pyramids – a natural landmark
The sandstone pyramids of Stob are among the most popular natural attractions for tourists in Bulgaria. They are near the village of Stob, in the region of the southwestern Rila mountain range (Kapatishkiya).
They were recognized as a natural landmark by Decree № 378 on 5 February 1964, along with the surrounding 7.4 hectares.
The pyramids are 30-40 meters thick and 6-10 meters high, reaching a height of 12 meters in some places. Some of the pyramids are pointed and needle-like, while others are round and topped with sandstone “hats” having dimensions of 120/80 cm. and resembling giant mushrooms. Their bases are wide and often joined to neighboring formations.
Most of the pyramids are on the south slope. They range from bright yellow to dark brown and red.
They are arranged in picturesque ways, and many of the formations have been given names – the Towers, The Hammers, The Wild Woman’s Chimneys, The Snaggle-tooths, the Brothers, The Wedding Couple, and so forth.
There are fewer pyramids on the north slope, and they are grouped together.
The pyramids are most beautiful when seen at sunset or by moonlight. While they aren’t as famous as the pyramids at Melnik, the Stob Pyramids offer shapes that are equally picturesque and diverse.
The Stob Pyramids may be viewed from above by hiking up the ecological trail, or they may be seen from below by using the motor road that winds past a scenic stream.
From above the pyramids, there is an excellent overview of the entire Rila Valley and its river that leads to The Rila Monastery set against snow-covered mountain peaks.
The Tourist Center in Stob provides guides and offers free brochures in Bulgarian, English, German, and Italian.
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