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The Madara Horseman is located 20 kilometers from the city of Shumen and is a landmark symbol of the Madara National Historical and Archaeological Reserve, located in the vicinity of the village of the same name. The rock bas-relief was carved in the 8th century AD on a sheer cliff at a height of 23 meters. It depicts a life-size horseman, a dog, a lion and inscriptions in Greek.

With his left hand the horseman holds the reins of his horse, and with his right hand he has thrown a short spear at the fallen lion at the animal’s feet.

According to one theory, the horseman depicted on the rock is Khan Tervel himself, represented as the victor. The inscriptions report on events that took place in the 8th – 9th centuries during the rule of the khans Tervel, Omurtag and Kormisosh.
a World Heritage Site by UNESCO .

Work time:
Opening hours:
November 1 – March 31: 8:30 – 17:00.
April 1 – October 31: 8:30 – 20:00.
The facility is open all year round. There are no days off.

Entrance fees:
Adult/student, student, pensioner – BGN 5, BGN 2.
Talk in Bulgarian – BGN 10.
Talk in a foreign language – BGN 15.
Package ticket – 15 BGN – all sites of RIM – Shumen, valid for 3 days.
Family ticket: – 1 adult and 2 children – 7 BGN – 2 adults and a child – 9 BGN.

Phone: +359 5313 2095

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