At the heart of the ancient world, Bulgaria’s archaeological heritage is under-explored. Many of the sites are on a par with those in neighbouring Turkey and Greece but the big difference for the visitor to Bulgaria is that there are none of the huge crowds you will find at the more famous sites. Bulgaria has some 40,000 archaeological and historical sites, seven of which are included on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites and a further eight are on the tentative list. These sites range in date from the earliest farmers some 8,000 years ago to monuments constructed since 1944.
Thracians in Bulgaria Today
Bulgaria has some quite spectacular archaeology, certainly rivalling that of neighbouring Greece and Turkey. But perhaps none more unique to Bulgaria than the extraordinary heritage of the Thracians. Although this group of ancient tribes inhabited a large part of the south eastern Balkan Peninsular including Greece, Romania and Turkey, it is in Bulgaria that we find the best of the Thracians today. Following in the footsteps of the Thracians takes you to to a number of beautifully decorated tombs, some of which are on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and to collections of exquisite gold and silver metalwork in the country’s finest museums.
Vidin, Montana, Vratsa
Pleven, Lovech, Veliko, Turnovo, Gabrovo, Ruse
Varna, Dobrich, Shumen, Turgovishte, Razgrad, Silistra
Grad Sofia, Sofia, Blagoevgrad, Pernik, Kyustendil
Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Khaskovo, Pazardzhik, Smolyan, Kurdzhali
Burgas, Sliven, Yambol
Move Over Italy & Greece, Bulgaria is Europe’s New Archaeology Destination
With a magnificent coastline on the Black Sea, the Balkan state of Bulgaria is at the very edge of south eastern Europe. You will not find an iconic monument to rival the Colosseum or the Parthenon, but Bulgaria has a complex and fascinating past that has been shaped by Greek, Latin, Slavic, Ottoman, Persian and Soviet influences … Continue Reading >>