Dobrogea Sites - Basarabi (Murfatlar)

Near the today's town of Murfatlar (formerly known as Basarabi), on the Tibişir Hill, a medieval cave complex (which was used between 9th-11th centuries) was found in 1957, during the exploitation of the chalk quarry.

The complex included catacombs and chapels carved in stone, surface chalk dwellings and tombs. On the walls and on the pillars were found carved inscriptions and anthropomorphic geometric figures.

The inscriptions consist of not deciphered runic inscriptions, glagolitic inscriptions, greek and slavic inscriptions.

The complex might have been both a spiritual (probably a monastery) and an economical settlement (for chalk exploitation).

More info and links on Wikipedia, satellite view here and some old photos below.

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