(This one is long... but worth the interesting facts)
On my last day in Bosnia, we drove the few hours from Mostar to Sarajevo, and then onto a town called Visoko. We were here to see the Bosnian Pyramids! Never heard of them? I hadn't either!!! As soon as I had though, I wanted to see for myself… the Egyptians were apparently bribing the Bosnian government to not bring publicity to them. Yep - they're the largest - and oldest pyramids in the world, and at this stage look to be the real deal. Hand made! 12,000+ years ago, and the largest being over 220m tall! While I've never been to Egypt, it's something that has fascinated me since I was about 5 years old, so while I was here - why not see these ones. There are 5 Bosnian Pyramids in total: The Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun, Bosnian Pyramid of the Moon, Pyramid of the Bosnian Dragon, Temple of Mother Earth and Pyramid of Love… along with an underground labyrinth of tunnels called 'Ravne' - the archaeologists and scientists believe they connect the pyramids - but haven't yet uncovered enough.
Driving into the area, Selmir pointed one out to me… yeah right, I thought - that looks like a hill! But as you drive further down the road, the sides are just a little too flat and the corners a little too straight! Still, covered in trees, houses, roads and 'society', one could be excused for passing them by, if they weren't 'in the know'!
We decided to start with the Pyramid of the Sun. To get to the information/start point, you have to drive along about 6 narrow, one-way streets and hair-pin turns. I was glad we had a small car. Once there, we left the cool car to go into the 30+ degree heat of the day. The information booth at the bottom - where you pay your €3 fee to walk around the 'National Monument', was guarded by two very friendly locals who were happy to talk about this pyramid discovery until the cows came home!
There are also lots of scientific discoveries (since the site was officially 'discovered' and opened in 2005… yes that recently. But it only started getting international recognition and scientific backing in 2008) - these are the ones I found most interesting:
- The actual pyramid is made of man-made rectangular concrete blocks of the best quality concrete material ever discovered, with an artificial 'ancient cement'.
- The layers of soil that cover the pyramid are between over 12,000 years old.
- The slope of each pyramid is exactly 35 degrees.
- The pyramids have inner passageways (not yet connected to the 'Ravne').
- Italian, Finish and Serbian experts have detected and ultrasound, infrasound and electromagnetic fields of artificial origin at the top of the pyramid as well.
- There is also apparently an 'energy beam' that comes out of the top which Croatian physicists confirmed has a radius of 4.5m.
Though compared to the other well-known ones with their millions of visitors... only tens of thousands of tourists from all over the World are attracted by the pyramid discovery and its energy properties. It is also something that only volunteers work on… there is no official support from the Government… yet!
We took a walk up a few hundred very steep steps to walk over uncovered concrete - yes I got to sit on 12,000 year old man-made concrete. As there is no funding for the project and it's not really well known yet - it's nice to be able to see everything and walk everywhere - with the knowledge that if we came back in probably even 2 or 3 years, there would be designated tracks and lots of stuff with 'do not touch' signs on them. We met a few volunteers from all over the world at one of the archaeology sites (another thing that showed the lack of funding - they were using untrained volunteers to make discoveries, only being led by people with lots of letters after their names that showed they knew something about what they were doing). They were mostly in their 20s/30s and here for a few weeks - being given accommodation in town, in turn for working on the pyramids. There were even a few from Melbourne, with the team leader on this particular day, a Professor from the Victorian Police. Not someone we expected to meet.
After about 20 minutes talking to them, we left the Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun, to drive to the 'Moon'. Just across the way, but again down a number of one way streets, and the car park for the pyramid, just happened to be someone's farm back yard. We grabbed a few walking sticks (tree branches) left at the bottom of the trail and took the walk up to a place called 'Big Shade' - a shady tree area where you could sit and have lunch. Next to it was one of the archaeology sites, lots of stone and slate like material forming a floor for the pyramid, in perfect blocks. And the view over the town was really beautiful there too. So quaint and homely with the sounds of tractors working and perfect hay bales in every farm.
From the Pyramid of the Moon, we made our way to 'Ravne'. The Underground Labyrinth is a huge network of tunnels, intersections, chambers and water tunnels. Since is proper discovery in 2005 (it was previously thought to be just a narrow entrance and one tunnel that had no actual meaning) the Foundation that looks after the Pyramid Valley, has discovered a long complex labyrinth of tens of kilometres long. The tunnels are very slow in being cleared, because they were completely filled in, for some unknown reason. This fill in material which is all rocks and sand like material is dated to around 5,000 years ago, while the tunnel building/construction is much more solid is said to be around 10,000 years old. The cinics for the area, say that the bosnians are 'creating' the tunnels, but it's very clear that there is a difference between the tunnel structure and the fill in material. The air temperature is exactly 12.5 degrees in every part of the tunnel no matter how deep you go. And the air circulation is said to be full of 'negative ions' which help make the atmosphere clean of all bacteria and viruses and have lots of healthy properties for breathing. It was so RIDICULOUSLY easy to breathe in there. And as an asthma sufferer, it's something that was immediately recognisable. It almost felt like your lungs could keep breathing in forever, and only stopped because of their size. A very weird feeling. Selmir and I went on a tour of the tunnels. There are a number of ceramic megaliths of between 3.5 and 8 tonnes, which were placed exactly above the crossing of two underground rivers. One of the megaliths even has a man-made object in one of them. The scientists haven't been able to move any of the monoliths as there are too many atmospheric changes that happen within the tunnels when they try. Very strange! And finally we saw the underground water tunnels. The water in there is perfectly clear and drinkable, not contaminated at all, thousands of years old and doesn't rise or fall… there is no in or out access where this water can come from - so it was put there, for some reason. Weird! As soon as we walked out, the air quality and temperature hit us like a tonne of bricks. It had been so nice and 'perfect' in there. And the people working around were so knowledgable and want to tell you everything they can.
If you ever get the time to go here - do! It's such an amazing site! They need the tourists and are such friendly people!