Not long ago, one of our articles, dedicated to the most Instagrammable place near Plovdiv, collected tens of thousands of reads and caused great interest in the natural landmark. Today, once again, we reveal to you another corner that is just as photogenic and offers the possibility of diving and hiking outside the city under the hills.
The Marble Lake near the village of Pravoslav is located about 50 kilometers from Plovdiv. To reach it you have to pass through Brezovo and Rakovski and then turn off on the road to the village. There you will find a detour that will lead you to the abandoned marble quarry on a dirt road. The distance is not long and can easily be walked.
The defunct facility was formed as a result of human activity on the eastern slope of Bailaka Mound and gradually filled with rainwater, which is extremely clear. It has an interesting color ranging from light blue to a greenish hue and the depth is believed to be around 20 m.
The surface is absolutely smooth and despite the ban on bathing in it, it is often used for scuba diving and is a preferred training ground for divers in the region. At its bottom, you can find remains of earthmoving machinery left over from the time of the marble quarry. In general, bathing in it is prohibited, but during the warm months quite a few daredevils practice reckless jumping from the terraces surrounding the quarry. The area is also often used for picnicking.
A fun fact about the settlement itself is that it is surrounded by as many as ten mounds and elevations, and from its history we understand that it was formed during the Ottoman Emrpire, and no Turk-Mohammedan lived in it, they were all of one faith - Christians. Until 1906, it was called Misilimi, after which it was renamed Pravoslaven, and in 1934 it became Pravoslav, a name which is preserved to this day.
In the town of Brezovo, you can visit the house-museum of Zlatyu Boyadzhiev, where you will enjoy 70 paintings of the artist.