"The Thracian Tomb." Kazanluk Things to Do Tip by Askla

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The tomb was discovered in 1944 and dates from the Hellenistic period, around the end of the 4th century BOT. The numerous burial mounds in the area (more than 500), together with the remains of Thracian settlements (including Seuthopolis, the only Thracian city that has been completely excavated, preserved and researched), show that the area was inhabited by a large Thracian population, which reached the height of its cultural development during the 5th - 3rd centuries BOT.

What we can see and visit today is what is said to be an exact copy of the original tomb which is regarded too valuable to keep opened and showed on a regular basis. It is possible, though, to visit after prior arrangements.

We enter the tomb through a narrow antechamber which takes us to the cylindrical burial chamber. This is of the so called beehive type. The walls and ceilings in both the antechamber and the burial chamber are painted. The central scenes in the burial chamber were from the beginning thought to depict a funeral feast, but later research says it is more likely to be a wedding feast since the couple has golden wreaths on their heads.

Opening hours:
May - October 09.00 - 17.00
in winter only after prior arrangements

Entrance fees:
adults 3 LV, students 1 Lv

photos 5 Lv, video 15 Lv

Directions: Tyulbe Hill, a 10 - 15 min walk north-east of the city centre. The stairs up the mound are quite steep.
Phone: +359 (0)431 63762

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 17, 2012
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