Nature park Zlatni pjasatsi: Cultural heritage

On the territory of the park there is cultural heritage from different historic periods – from Antiquity until the late Medieval times. It attracts lots of foreign and domestic tourists. Not far away from the sea coast in the southwest part of the park is situated the medieval limestone monastery – Aladjha manastir. The monastery was built in 13th –14th century and was named by the local population “aladjha” – meaning colorful. This name comes from the rock where it is dug in – even nowadays the visitors at the foot of the monastery’s remnants can enjoy the wonderful sight that is a result of the sunlight playing over the lime rock.The premises of the monastery were dug at two levels in a sheer lime cliff almost 40 m high. In the museum built at the site, apart from the archaeological artefacts, an exposition representing the nature park and the protected territories in the Northern Black sea region can be seen.

800 meters to the southwest from Aladhja monastery are located the Catacombs – a large group of caves situated at three levels and named so by the Shkorpil brothers. The grave premises, typical of 4 – 6 century AD and the finds (coins of Justinian I – 526 – 656 AD), ceramic fragments and others, prove that the Catacombs have been inhabited already in the Early Christian times. Later, during 13 – 14 centuries, they were probably dwelt by hermits from the nearby Aladjha monastery.

Part of the historic and cultural heritage of the park are a basilica and an ancient fortress built in 4th – 7th century AD, situated to the north of Aladhja monastery, remnants of a Slavonic village in the region of Kozgun cheshma and remnants of an ancient fortress in the region of Kaleto.