"Archeological Museum" Archeological Museum Tip by mikey_e

Archeological Museum, Sofia: 9 reviews and 22 photos

  Archeological Museum
by mikey_e

The Archological Museum is located across from the Presidential Palace in Ploshtad Knjaz Aleksander Batenberg. Its in a converted hammam (or at least thats what it looks like) and it is immediately recognizable by the numerous large artefacts scattered in front of the museum. This being Bulgaria, you'll notice that they also tacked on an outdoor bar onto the outside of the museum. Inside, the museum is quite large and provides the viewer with many, many artefacts stretching back to prehistoric times. You'll notice that this museum is part of the long battle between Bulgarians and Greeks to lay claim to the cultural heritage of Thrace and the eastern Balkans. Words like "hellenic", which would have been a dime a dozen in explanations next to similar artefacts in Greece, are scarce in this museum. The main room is filled with Greek/Thracian artefacts, including many statues. The upper balcony has many beautiful icons and a rather bizarre security system. The rooms on the first floor feature feature different artefacts, most of which are smaller items of craftsmenship: Mediaeval Bulgar weaponry and jewelery; Hellenistic jewellery; prehistoric pottery. One room, oddly enough, has a collection of both Ottoman knick-knacks and Japanese erotic drawings. No explanation is given as to why these go together.

Address: Ploshtad Knjaz Aleksander Batenburg
Directions: Across from Presidential Palace

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 5, 2007
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