Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak

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Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak
UNESCO World Heritage Site
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Location Kazanlak, Stara Zagora Province, Bulgaria
Criteria Cultural: (i), (iii), (iv)
Reference 44
Inscription1979 (3rd session)
Area0.0155 ha (1,670 sq ft)
Buffer zone7.09 ha (763,000 sq ft)
Coordinates 42°37′33″N25°23′57″E / 42.62576°N 25.39919°E / 42.62576; 25.39919 Coordinates: 42°37′33″N25°23′57″E / 42.62576°N 25.39919°E / 42.62576; 25.39919
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Location of Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak in Bulgaria

The Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak (Bulgarian : Казанлъшка гробница, Kazanlǎška grobnica) is a vaulted-brickwork "beehive" (tholos) tomb near the town of Kazanlak in central Bulgaria.


The tomb is part of a large royal Thracian necropolis in the Valley of the Thracian Rulers near their ancient capital of Seuthopolis in a region where more than a thousand tombs of kings and members of the Thracian aristocracy can be found.

It comprises a narrow corridor and a round burial chamber, both decorated with murals representing a Thracian couple at a ritual funeral feast. [1] The monument dates back to the 4th century BCE and has been on the UNESCO protected World Heritage Site list since 1979. The murals show horses and a gesture of farewell, in which the seated couple grasp each other's wrists in a moment of tenderness and equality (according to Lyudmila Zhivkova—a view that is not shared by all specialists). The paintings are Bulgaria's best-preserved artistic masterpieces from the Hellenistic period. [2]

To preserve the sensitive paintings, the tomb is not open to the public; a full-size replica was built nearby. [3]

The seated woman of the murals is depicted on the reverse of the Bulgarian 50 stotinki coin issued in 2005. [4]

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  3. Bulgaria Travel
  4. Bulgarian National Bank. Notes and Coins in Circulation: 50 stotinkas. – Retrieved on 26 March 2009.