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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  • Museum with numerous prehistoric and newer. Well organized, with panels in English and showcases, bright and clear. Even if you are not experienced, it's worth spending even just a couple of hours.
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  • We were recommended this museum by our guide and it didn't disappoint. We knew we would have a wet day and went here. It is not especially big but covers thousands of years of diverse history and has ...  more »
  • I went here with some family and it was the perfect rainy day plan. There are several areas and floors. I recommend doing the first floor then taking the stairs on the left side up to the different ro...  more »

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