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Thracian Gold treasure and Sozopol

Thracian Gold treasure and Sozopol

Thracian Gold treasure and Sozopol, 1 day
Itinerary: St Vlas BourgasSozopolSt Vlas

Departure to Bourgas – the fourth-largest by population in the country, and an important industrial, transport, cultural and tourist centre. Burgas is a successor of the Ancient Thracian city of Burgos ( “tower”), founded by colonists from Apollonia as a military and observational post against the other important settlement in the region — Mesembria. Today the local port is the largest in Bulgaria adding significantly to the regional economy. Burgas also holds annual national exhibitions and international festivals and has a vibrant student population of over 6,000 that add to the city’s appeal.

Visit the exhibition of Thracian Gold Treasure. The Panagyurishte Treasure is a Thracian treasure excavated on December 8, 1949 by three brothers, Pavel, Petko and Michail Deikov who worked together at the region of “Merul” tile factory near the town of Panagyurishte, Bulgaria. It consists of a phiale, an amphora and seven rhytons with total weight of 6.164 kg of 24-karat gold. All of the objects are richly and skilfully decorated with scenes of Thracian myths, customs and life. It is dated from the 4th-3rd centuries BC, and is thought to have been used as a royal ceremonial set by the Thracian king Seuthes III.

Time at leisure. Continue to Sozopol – the oldest town on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. The first settlement on the site dates back to the Bronze Age. Undersea explorations in the region of the port reveal relics of dwellings, ceramic pottery, stone and bone tools from that era. The town, at first called Antheia, was colonized in Thrace on the shore of the Pontus Euxinus, principally on a little island, by Anaximander (born 610-609 BC) at the head of Milesian colonists. The name was soon changed to Apollonia, on account of a temple dedicated to Apollo in the town, containing a famous colossal statue of the god Apollo by Calamis, 30 cubits high, transported later to Rome by Lucullus and placed in the Capitol.

The tour of Sozopol includes visit of the old town with around 180 well-preserved houses, the Fortress and St George Church, where you can see the relics of St John the Baptist.


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