Bulgarian World Heritage: Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari

The Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari is recognised by UNESCO as a piece of the World Heritage.

The tomb that dates from the 3rd century BC was discovered in 1982 and is located close to the Bulgarian village Sveshtari.

It reflects the structural principles of the Thracian cult buildings and has a unique décor with 10 female figures carved in high relief on the walls of the central chamber.


Photo:© Ivo Hadjimishev

The tomb is а reminder of the Getes and Thracian cultures that were in contact with the Hellenistic and Hyperborean worlds and is an extremely rare and well-preserved monument.

The Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari represents the local art with its specific characteristics inspired by Hellenism.

The site and its surroundings are almost unchanged with only minor interference made during the conservation work.

The tomb is located in the archaeological reserve ‘Sborianovo’ where more than 40 Thracian sepulchral mounds, various sanctuaries, ancient and medieval villages, buildings, a fortress, mausoleum and a minaret from the ottoman period exist.


Photo: © Ivo Hadjimishev

The condition of the stones, pictures and the whole construction is good and the tomb is open for visitors.

The Thracian tomb is protected by the Cultural Heritage Law that regulates the research, studying, protection and promotion of the cultural heritage in Bulgaria.

Description is available under license CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0
Photos: © Ivo Hadjimishev

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