National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Sofia

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At National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, see tombstones, statues of idols, ceramics, and other artifacts that were found along the shores of the Black and Aegean seas. The museum's headquarters is in a former 15th-century mosque. At the main entrance, see the full-size copy of the 23 m (75 ft) high Madara Horseman, a medieval rock relief. The exhibits in the main hall feature finds from the late Bronze Age through the late Middle Ages. You can examine tools, figures made of clay and bone, and ceramic models of residential buildings and ovens in the prehistory hall. Don't miss the Roman and Greek portrait statues and a rich collection of paintings from the Bulgarian Middle Ages. Plan to visit National Institute of Archaeology with Museum during your Sofia vacation using our convenient Sofia trip itinerary maker.
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  • August 17, 2017
    A collection large enough and really interesting. Careful not to caption in french at least speak English. Entry ticket has 2 lev for the students.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Lots of ancient artifacts from Thracians and Romans. Housed in a former mosque from 1496. Highlights for me were the gold and silver articles located in a separate room at the front right second level...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    We got pushed out of the rain, but we were happy with. About 5 euros for a nice Museum that narrates with his works of art and artifacts from the history of man. In my opinion deserves a couple of hours of your time.
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