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Mount Rusalka - Maragidik
Author: Росица Николова, 13.6 km From Apriltsi. , Адрес: Apriltsi, Стара планина, връх Марагидик, GPS coordinates: N 42.7568686 E 24.9496985
Nature shaped peak "Mermaid" is also known as peak "Maragidik." Located northwest of the hut "Tuja" peak is 1889 meters high. If you look at it from the picturesque town of Apriltsi tip will enchant you with its unique magnetism.
To the liberation of Bulgaria thought that Maragidik is highest. After the liberation measured peak - Yumrukchal or nowadays peak "Botev" and found that it is the highest peak in Stara Planina.
For this peak wear interesting legends. The ancient Greeks thought that here in this place Orpheus grieved for his beloved Eurydice.
In 1942, the tip was called Mermaid. Around the name of the tip has different beliefs and tales. The story goes that once a beautiful girl jumped from the top and not be ruined by gentiles.
The most interesting is the legend of Princess Mara - sister of King Shishman that was promised in marriage to Sultan Murat. On the way to the city of Edirne, she asked to go through the mountains for the last time to see dear and beloved homeland. When you reach the top and looked to the south, he saw the black shadow of slavery misfortune. The heart of the princess shrunk by sadness and tears and flowed together with the mountain stream below the top and rushed to the valley. From this moment pass named Marin pass and tip Maragidik.
There is another legend that says that the tip was named after the sister of King Marko - Mara. During the Turkish invasion, Mara helped his brother to keep the pass and in one battle here she died.
Tip you can climb the west side along the path that splits after kilometer, the left side passes springs of Taja river and reaches Rusaliiska meadow. Take the right path, which continues to the northwest and reaches peak Rusalka.
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