The Kazanlak tomb

The Kazanlak tomb

The Kazanlak tomb

The Kazanlak tomb

Kazanlak tomb

The Kazanlak tomb is among the discoveries with the greatest historical significance for the Thracian culture in our land. This is not so much due to the artifacts found inside, but to the unique murals that it contains. As you can guess by the name the tomb is located in the city of Kazanlak in park “Tulbe” . The tomb is dated from the first half of the 3th century BC. To reassure that the masterpiece is safe, inside of it is installed a special conditioner which saves the murals and is built a second one – a copy of the original tomb which is open for visitors and is very near to the original.

When you step inside the tomb you will see a rectangular antechamber, followed by a narrow hallway (where horse bonesare found ) and a dome room (where you can see a man and a woman’s remainings).
The murals that you can see in the dome room’s hallway are one of the best preserved ancient works of art that have reached us. On the frieze, which is located on the eastern wall of the corridor, is depicted a meeting between two forces as the central place is occupied by two warriors.The frieze, located on the west wall represents a similar picture, but here one of the soldiers is kneeling in front of the other.

In the center of the main frieze, located in the domed room, you can see figures of a man and a woman sitting next to a table covered with fruits. Around them there are other figures who bring them fruits. It’s curious that for one of the figures is suggested that she is the goddess of fertility - it is the highest figure in the picture wearing a garment which is usually illustrated as she holds a platter with pomegranates. The unique mural on the dome ends with a second small frieze, on which we can see three chariots pulled by two horses. These paintings created with exceptional skills are painted in four colors - black, red, yellow and white.

Today this valuable historical monument was declared a world historical and cultural heritage by UNESCO.

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