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Amazing hidden places in Eastern Europe

Dal Kikin
January 22, 2019

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It would seem that Eastern Europe is so mastered by Russian tourists that it can hardly surprise with something. But not everyone knows exactly where the capital of Gypsies is, a cave with huge eyes and a desert in which mirages are regularly seen. On the most interesting and little-known sights of Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria and other Eastern European countries.

The capital of the gypsies Soroca, Moldova

The small town of Soroca is considered by some to be the world capital of Gypsies, while others recognize its status just below - the Gypsy capital of Moldova.

“From the hill on which the main attraction is located, the Soroca Fortress offers a view of the Gypsy Mountain, this is the calling card of the city.“ Here, in huge houses resembling castles and fortresses, Moldavian gypsies dwell”.

About 20-30 years ago, the Gypsies really began not only to settle in Soroca, but to build impressive mansions here. Among these often whimsical buildings have their own Capitol, the Cathedral of St. Peter and even the Bolshoi Theater with horses on the roof. True, most of the houses are now abandoned - the tenants again went around the world to earn money.

Pyramid, Visoko, Bosnia and Herzegovina

At the beginning of the 2000s, the Bosnian pseudo-archeologist Semir Osmanagich stated that he had found the world's largest pyramids hidden under the mountains. During the excavations, which specialists from all over the world allegedly were engaged in, it seems that they discovered paved squares and tunnels, as well as “ancient cement”. In fact, everything turned out to be a fake: geologists confirmed the natural origin of the mountains.

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They say that in this castle, which belonged to Elizabeth Batori, the bloody countess, the cries of her victims are still heard.

Indeed, the Cachtice castle, built at the beginning of the 13th century, is known, first of all, thanks to its former owner, as the Cachtice Monster. Elizabeth Batori is included in the Guinness Book of Records as the woman who committed the most murders - she is credited with more than 650 victims. The image of the countess, endowed with extremely unreliable features like vampirism, became part of national folklore.

Prohodna cave, Karlukovo, Bulgaria

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Prohodna Cave is one of the most famous in Bulgaria, not only because of the height of the arches (about 45 meters), but also because of two unusually symmetrical almond-shaped openings, called the "Eyes of God" and the "Eyes of the devil."

"Their" look "varies depending on the time of day, season and weather, but it is always expressive, you just will not be indifferent."

If you look at the "eyes" from a certain angle, you can see the face of a man looking down. And in rainy weather almost real tears flow from them.

Roman Amphitheater, Pula, Croatia

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"This grand building has reached us in good condition. They say, unlike Rome, the local authorities did not use the amphitheater as a quarry, which helped preserve it."

The amphitheater in Pula - a rather large city of the Roman Empire - was built for gladiator fights in the 1st century. By the 5th century, fights were banned, the arena was used for knightly tournaments, and then they simply herded cattle there.

In the XIX century, the amphitheater was reconstructed and adapted for modern public events. Concerts and theatrical performances are held here regularly - Luciano Pavarotti, Elton John, Sting and other world stars sang on the stage in Pula.

Towns of Kusturica: Drvengrad, Andrichgrad, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Famous director Emir Kusturitsa for filming one of his films - “Life is like a miracle” —constructed the village, which has now become a full-fledged tourist destination.

In the “Wooden City” (this is how it is translated from Serbian Drvengrad) there is an Orthodox church, a museum, a library and, of course, a cinema. And the streets are named after those whom Kusturica himself considers significant: Nikola Tesla, Ernesto Che Guevara, Diego Maradona, Federico Fellini.

A couple dozen kilometers from the village, on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kusturica erected Andrichgrad, named after the writer Ivo Andric. This is a copy of the center of Visegrad, where the action of the novel “Bridge on Drina” takes place.