Thracian Tomb , Kazanlak

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World heritage site · Cemetery · Monument
The Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak (Bulgarian: Казанлъшка гробница, Kazanlǎška grobnica) is a vaulted-brickwork "beehive" (tholos) tomb near the town of Kazanlak in central Bulgaria.

The tomb is part of a large royal Thracian necropolis in the Valley of the Thracian Rulers near their ancient capital of Seuthopolis in a region where more than a thousand tombs of kings and members of the Thracian aristocracy can be found.

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 show horses and a gesture of farewell, in which the seated couple grasp each other's wrists in a moment of tenderness and equality (according to Lyudmila Zhivkova—a view that is not shared by all specialists). The paintings are Bulgaria's best-preserved artistic masterpieces from the Hellenistic period.
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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  • We had a very high expectation to visit this tomb. It was with some disappointment that we left this visit... The place is very small, almost nothing (or nothing) is original.  more »
  • It's worth a visit if you are passing, definitely don't make a special trip to view it as it will be over in 10min and you don't get to go inside or view the original tomb, you go into a replica.  more »
  • Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak is one unique place for visit! Everyone tourist, which is in the region must see it! My pics are from 08th of June 2014.  more »

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