Thracian sanctuary of the Nymphs and Aphrodite

The Thracian sanctuary of the Nymphs and Aphrodite is situated on the outskirts of the Bulgarian village of Kasnakova. It is the best-preserved sanctuary of Roman Bulgaria.

Thracian sanctuary of the Nymphs and Aphrodite

The Thracian sanctuary of the Nymphs and Aphrodite is situated on the outskirts of the Bulgarian village of Kasnakova. It is the best-preserved sanctuary of Roman Bulgaria. Nestled amid rolling hills, a karst rock in this serene locale harbors springs that have held a mystical allure since ancient times. Well before the Romans arrived, these waters were revered for their purported healing properties, drawing seekers of health and well-being. Among the earliest devotees were the Thracians, who considered springs as sanctuaries inhabited by nymphs, mythical beings believed to dwell in the water.

In the 2nd Century AD, Titus Flavius Beithykenthos, the son of Esbeneios and a Thracian-born soldier, concluded his 30-year military service and was granted state land in what is now the village of Kasnakovo. The property included the enchanting springs. Motivated to enhance the sanctity of the site, the new owner took initiative. He orchestrated the construction of three arched artificial caves in the rocks, capturing the flowing waters—one central and two on the sides. Today, this remarkable nympheum stands as one of Bulgaria’s most impressive pagan attractions. The trio of springs still murmurs within their man-made grottoes, and an inscription by Titus Flavius adorns the central one.

The setting retains its idyllic charm from antiquity, surrounded by lush greenery and expansive skies, with frogs leaping around the sacred waters dedicated to the nymphs. The allure of the ancient sanctuary of the Nymphs persists, inviting visitors to marvel at its historical significance and natural beauty.

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Тракийско светилище на Нимфите и Афродита, 6439 Kasnakovo, Bulgaria
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