The Petrified wedding is one of the most beautiful rock formations in the country. The rocks are part of the so-called Kardzhali pyramids and are the result of natural processes. It is located in the region of Kardzhali, east of the city in the village Simselen. Made about 40-50 million years ago, these rock formations are very impressive today.
At that time, the eastern part of the Rhodope Mountains was located on the bottom of the sea and the shapes of the stone wedding were formed by volcanic eruptions. Once the sea withdrew, the formations were exposed to different weather conditions and now we can enjoy an exceptional view. The formations are made out of various minerals, for this reason they are colored in different colors and make an even better sight. The name of the rock formations comes from the resemblance between the rocks and human figures, whereas one is smaller than the other.
About the formation of the petrified wedding, there is a legend that says that a young man fell in love with a girl from the neighboring village. Following the tradition of the time the girl was veiled, so that only her eyes could be seen. It was believed that if the bride's face is seen before the wedding, the beholder is petrified. The young girl blue eyes chased the boy anywhere until he finally convinced to marry the girl his father. However, at the wedding, a strong wind blew and carried the veil of the bride away, revealing her face. At this moment, the bride and all the guests were petrified. Only the young man remained. He wept bitterly and asked the wind petrifying him as well. His request was fulfilled.