Bulgarian World Heritage: Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak

The Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, discovered in 1944, is an important piece of the World Heritage, state from UNESCO.

The tomb dated from the end of 4th century BC and is a part of a big Thracian necropolis.


Photo: © Vincent Ko Hon Chiu

Built during the Hellenistic period, the tomb has a narrow corridor and a burial chamber in round shape.

Its decorations that are known to be Bulgaria’s best-preserved artistic masterpieces from this period represent the Thracian culture and burial rituals.

“The Thracian tomb of Kazanlak is a unique aesthetic and artistic work, a masterpiece of the Thracian creative spirit. This monument is the only one of its kind anywhere in the world. The exceptionally well-preserved frescos and the original condition of the structure reveal the remarkable evolution and high level of culture and pictorial art in Hellenistic Thrace”, explain from UNESCO.


Photo: © Vincent Ko Hon Chiu

Protected under the Cultural Heritage Law, the Thracian tomb is located by the capital of the Thracian King Seutes III- Seutopolis.

In order to be protected from potential damages caused by visitors, a copy of the tomb is built close to the original version and serves as a museum.

The Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak is located in a quiet park close to the Bulgarian town Kazanlak providing a secure environment for the heritage.

              site_0044_0008-500-333-20130423142806Photo: © Vincent Ko Hon Chiu


Description is available under license CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0

Photos: © Vincent Ko Hon Chiu

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