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Kamyana Mohyla: Mysterious Mound in Melitopol

14. June 2010 by Michelle 0 Comments

The mystery behind the true origin of Kamyana Mohyla is one reason why so many travel to this popular attraction just outside of Melitopol each year. Some believe the large grouping of over 3,000 rocks and boulders are the remnants of an underwater city, since the Sarmatian Sea covered much of southern Ukraine millions of years ago. Others think it was a sacred burial ground or sacrificial mound to the Gods. Today, Kamyana Mohyla is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region.


A 20 minute taxi ride from Melitopol will take you to the Rock Mound in the Molochna River valley. The first to greet you is a large collection of scattered stone Scythian idols, commonly referred to as Kamyana baba, or stone grandmothers. Approaching the large mound of sandstone boulders, visitors often notice the strong smell of the sea. The surrounding sand once sat upon the ocean floor.


At the top of the Rock Mound there are 4 rocks which cluster around a single carved stone. This is said to be the most holy place where prehistoric men prayed and presented sacrifices. Still today, visitors claim to feel a strong power and presence when standing upon the mound. Groups often travel here to pray together and local newlyweds have been known to kiss on this spot for good luck. Even the Dalia Lama professed that this location emits a powerful positive energy.


Unique petroglyphs, or rock carvings, can still be seen in the crevices of the boulders and beneath the mound in preserved caves and grottos. Over 3,000 petroglyphs have been discovered, dating back to 22,000 years ago. A nearby visitor center and museum gives extensive history about this amazing archeological site, providing replicas on the walls of some of the more significant rock etchings.


Like Stonehenge and the Pyramids, Kamyana Mohyla is an incredible historical marvel. This representation of early Ukrainian civilization and culture must be included during your trip to visit the beautiful Ukrainian brides of Melitopol!