Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari

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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
The Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari
Type Cultural
Criteria i, iii
Reference 359
UNESCO region Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 1985 (9th Session)

The Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari (Bulgarian: Свещарска гробница, Sveštarska grobnica) is situated 2.5 km southwest of the village of Sveshtari, Razgrad Province, which is located 42 km northeast of Razgrad, in the northeast of Bulgaria.

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Discovered in 1982 in a mound, this 3rd century BC Getic tomb reflects the fundamental structural principles of Thracian cult buildings. The tomb's architectural decor is considered to be unique, with polychrome half-human, half-plant caryatids and painted murals. The ten female figures carved in high relief on the walls of the central chamber and the decorations of the lunette in its vault are the only examples of this type found so far in the Thracian lands. It is a remarkable reminder of the culture of the Getae, a Thracian people who were in contact with the Hellenistic and Hyperborean worlds, according to ancient geographers.

In 2012, Archaeologists uncovered a significant treasure near the village. The treasure included a golden ring, 44 female figure depictions and 100 golden buttons, found in 150 tombs from the 4th century BC.

It has been suggested that it is part of the site of the Getan city of Helis.[1]

The interior of the tomb
The Entrance to the Tomb Mound

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  1. ^ Delev, P. (2000). "Lysimachus, the Getae, and Archaeology". The Classical Quarterly, New Series. 50 (Vol. 50, No. 2): 384–401. doi:10.1093/cq/50.2.384. 


  • Alexander Fol, M. Čičikova, T. Ivanov, T. Teofilov: The Thracian Tomb near the Village of Sveshtari, Sofia 1986.
  • Alexander Fol: "Die thrakische Orphik oder Zwei Wege zur Unsterblichkeit", in: Die Thraker. Das goldene Reich des Orpheus, Ausstellung 23. Juli bis 28. November 2004, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Philipp von Zabern, Mainz 2004, p. 177-186.

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Coordinates: 43°44′42″N 26°45′59″E / 43.744964°N 26.7663°E / 43.744964; 26.7663