Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak
|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|Location||Kazanlak, Stara Zagora Province, Bulgaria|
|Criteria||Cultural: (i), (iii), (iv)|
|Inscription||1979 (3rd Session)|
|Area||0.0155 ha (1,670 sq ft)|
|Buffer zone||7.09 ha (763,000 sq ft)|
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. 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.
To preserve the sensitive paintings, the tomb is not open to the public; a full-size replica was built nearby.
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