Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak

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Discovered in 1944, this tomb dates from the Hellenistic period, around the end of the 4th century BC. It is located near Seutopolis, the capital city of the Thracian king Seutes III, and is part of a large Thracian necropolis. The tholos has a narrow corridor and a round burial chamber, both decorated with murals representing Thracian burial rituals and culture. These paintings are Bulgaria’s best-preserved artistic masterpieces from the Hellenistic period.

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  • The murals found at this tomb site are considered as some of the best art work preserved in the Hellenistic world. Such is the importance of this treasure that the entire tomb is protected by a room entry being allowed only to scientists who can justify the need to visit in order to study the murals.
  • The site was discovered by chance and thus its study was started only in 1944, which is the moment when the authorities showed a real interest not only in Bulgaria, but also for the entire Balkan area.
  • The mural seen here of a touching farewell feast for a dead man and his wife is a priceless testimony of what it was believed in those times about death, about the pain that people felt when someone close was no longer among them.

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Discovered in 1944, this tomb dates from the Hellenistic period, around the end of the 4th century BC. It is located near Seutopolis, the capital city of the Thracian king Seutes III, and is part of a large Thracian necropolis. The tholos has a narrow corridor and a round...

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