Orpheus Sanctuary in Bulgaria Damaged Yet Again

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Orpheus Sanctuary in Bulgaria Damaged Yet Again Archeologists investigate the damages occurred overnight at the sanctuary site of Tatul, believed to be the tomb of Orpheus. A strike by lightening or another foray attack are among the possible versions probed by police. Photo by bulphoto.com

The Rhodopes sanctuary where the tomb of mythical Orpheus is supposed to eb located awoke Friday with serious damages in the rock.

The guard of the site found that a 20cm-long part of the rock was torn out and immediately alarmed police.

According to an initial version, a lightening might have caused the damage, as the same night there was a storm.

However, police investigates a possible foray on the ancient sanctuary serving as a magnate for many people believing a gold treasure lies beneath the rock.

Archeologists have repeatedly called to official institutions and donors to help for the survival of the unique megalith complex, otherwise unprotected it would turn into ruins.

During last summer's torrential rains, the construction, which is made of limestone, showed up first signs of irreparable damages.

It is believed the sanctuary of Tatul flourished for more than two thousand years in ancient times. It is probably the largest temple in the area, only second after the nearby sanctuary of Dionysus in Perperikon.
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