Thracian cult complex - Heroon
Different eras have left their imprint in Strelcha in its old history. The first traces are reserved by the steps of the Thracians. From this epoch dates one of the most impressive historical monuments in the territory of Strelcha - unique Thracian cult complex "Frog Mound" composed of tomb-mausoleum-shrine and temple. The complex dates back to the V-IV century BC. The tomb was discovered in the mid 70-ies of XX century by the archaeologist Georgi Kitov and is one of the largest and most impressive Thracian tombs in Bulgaria and in the area of Strelcha, where there are about 300 Thracian tombs. It is located 2,5 km south-eastern of the town of Strelcha on the right bank of the river Luda Yana in the Galata site. The tomb is surrounded by a moat of 30 meters wide and 3-4 meters deep. Remains of this ditch have so far filled with water which has impeded access to the holy place and the facilities in it, and the pit gradually turned into a swamp with frogs squawking which gave it the name "Frog mound." The tomb is part of a unique religious complex called heroon. It is believed that here was buried a Thracian king from the tribe Besi. Although it has been repeatedly robbed, there were interesting findings, including a fully preserved chariot with the remains of two horses, remains of a saddle horse and parts of horse-trappings (most likely used by the man who lead the funeral procession), perfectly preserved silver ornaments and more. In front of the chariot the remains of a third horse were found, which was not in harness to the chariot and most likely it was in the driver of the funeral procession. The tomb entrance is surrounded by stone plates on which a very rich decoration is engraved. The sanctuary is situated at the back hill side and has not a public access yet. It is lined with white limestone blocks, decorated with colorful paintings in black, red and yellow.