The ancient Thracian city of Perperikon is located in the Eastern Rhodopes, 15 km northeast of the present-day town of Kardzhali, Bulgaria, on a 470 m high rocky hill, which is thought to have been a sacred place. The village of Gorna Krepost (“Upper Fortress”) is located at the foot of the hill and the gold-bearing Perpereshka River flows near it. Perperikon is the largest megalith ensemble in the Balkans.
It is thought that the famous Temple of Dionysius is located here.
Martin Smith is an award winning photographer whose work includes landscape, macro, wildlife and in-studio work and who has recently expanded into shooting historical architecture, ruined buildings, and historic and pre-historic monuments and structures. His latest work has seen him travel to Australia to photograph aboriginal stone carvings and to Bulgaria to photograph the ancient city of Perperikon where human activity dates back to 5000 BC.