Traditions and legends
The folk legend related to Karadjov’s stone tells about Karadzha the voivode from Stanimaka’s (Asenovgrad – nowadays) village of Yavrovo. The rebel guarded the population of the surrounding villages from the raids of the Turks and the regular bashi-bazouk. Legend of the glorious haidouk has several variants, one is saying that the voivode was very angry at a band of bashi-bazouks who kidnapped the beautiful girl Dragana. They dragged her to the top and beat and raped her to death. Since then, the girl’s place of her death is called peak Draganitsa. Karadzha voivode waited for the time of vengeance to come, and in a few days, he heard that the same band of bashi-bazouks feasts in the nearby village of Mostovo. He called his band of voivodes, attacked and killed 25 Ottomans. He left only one alive and accompanied him to Plovdiv’s governor to tell him that the Bulgarians from Stanimashko (the area of nowadays’ Asenovgrad) will no longer suffer the atrocities of the bash-bozouks. However, this angered the ottoman governor and he sent a regular army. The Turks surrounded the rock, and after an uneasy fight, they slaughtered the voivodes, Karadzha voivode was also killed. Since then, the stone bears his name.
There is another popular legend that tells the voivode buried large treasure somewhere under the stone before he died. Local people avoid discussing the Karadjov stone, because they think the place has impure energy and the buried treasure of the murdered voivode is a bad omen, so the elderly people regularly advise the tourists if they accidentally encounter the treasure to throw the gold and to run away, so a curse for meant for another person won’t be cast on them.
How to get there?
Karadjov kamak is located near the village Mostovo. To get there, simply follow the road from Asenovgrad to Kardzhali, after Cherven turn right and follow the road to Gornoslav, then Oreshets and after 8 km you will be in Mostovo. The path to the landmark is marked and you can’t miss it.