Strandzha mountain is a relatively low mountain. It is situated in southeast Bulgaria and a part of it is situated on the territory of Turkey. The highest point in the Bulgarian part of the mountain is Golyamo Gradishte peak (710 meters). Strandzha is sparsely populated, and its territory has several reserves and a natural park, protecting the large biodiversity of the mountain. Strandzha borders with the Black Sea on the east.
Inhabited by the Thracians in antiquity, Strandzha is an area with a large concentration of ruins of Thracian sanctuaries and sacrificial altars, dolmens and other archaeological objects. The mountains were the site of the Bulgarian Preobrazhenie Uprising of 1903 that was crushed by Ottoman troops. The current Bulgarian-Turkish border in the region was established after the Balkan Wars of 1912-1913, when the northern part of Strandzha became part of Bulgaria.
Culturally, the Bulgarian part of Strandzha is known for the specific architecture that can be observed in Malko Tarnovo, Brashlyan and most other villages, the rich folklore and distinctive rituals, such as nestinarstvo (barefoot dancing on live embers), that preserve numerous pagan elements.
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