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Thracian Tomb , Kazanlak

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The Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak is a vaulted-brickwork "beehive" tomb near the town of Kazanlak in central Bulgaria.The tomb is part of a large Thracian necropolis. It comprises a narrow corridor and a round burial chamber, both decorated with murals representing a Thracian couple at a ritual funeral feast. The monument dates back to the 4th century BCE and has been on the UNESCO protected World Heritage Site list since 1979. The murals are memorable for the splendid horses and for a gesture of farewell, in which the seated couple grasp each other's wrists in a moment of tenderness and equality . The paintings are Bulgaria's best-preserved artistic masterpieces from the Hellenistic period.The tomb is situated near the ancient Thracian capital of Seuthopolis in a region where more than a thousand tombs of kings and members of the Thracian aristocracy can be found.To preserve the sensitive paintings, the tomb is not open to the public; a full-size replica was built nearby.The seated woman of the murals is depicted on the reverse of the Bulgarian 50 stotinki coin issued in 2005.
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  • This is a really small tomb, and there is not much info in it. This is actually not the original one, so that they can preserve the original. I really liked it, but mostly because we had a guide (V Tr...  more »
  • Amazing historical place located in a beutiful park. A lot of history and spirit. The athmosphere of the place is magical  more »
  • The Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak which was discovered in 1944, is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage sites since 1979. The tomb dates from the Hellenistic period, i.e IVth c. BC. It is small quite uniqu...  more »
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  • You see replica but is very well done. Historical fact some of objects from the 4th century. The original is preserved under new building near by.
  • What you get to see is a replica, but it appears to have been faithfully done, and captures the feel of the original. Excellent place to see Thracian building and art.
  • The Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak is a unique tomb dating back to the 4th century BCE! It is really amazing and totally worth a visit.
  • Although you can't see the actual tomb but it's replica, this place is totally worth the visit. It actually helps you put things into perspective and undertstand that ancient Thracians were quite more developed as a socity than we, modern people, think. Plus, it's beautiful!
  • In theory this should be a mind blowing experience, but in practice it's very underwhelming. Thracian history in the region of modern day Bulgaria and Greece is really more interesting than you'd know from visiting this tiny tomb. Do yourself a favor and go read about the history of Thrace, but don't go out of your way to see this tomb.

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