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THE KAZANLUK TOMB

The archeological monuments in the Valley of the Thracian Kings (the Kazanluk hollow, with about 1000 mounds of which only 100 have been studied) prove that the Thracians were perfect builders, skillful masons, metallurgists and potters.
The Kazanluk tomb was discovered accidentally in 1944 by soldiers when digging up a bomb shelter near Kazanluk. It consists of an anteroom, a long narrow corridor and round burial chamber, which is richly painted with frescoes. On the dome of the oval room is depicted a burial feast.
Central position in it is attributed to the images of the Thracian ruler and his wife, sitting at a low table, arranged for the parting feast. On both sides of the couple there are two trains of female servants carrying piles of gifts. On a separate spot above those images is depicted a chariot race. In the narrow corridor, leading to ten oval rooms, are painted battle scenes. The tomb was pillaged in ancient times. Its erection is dated back to the end of the 4th - beginning of the 3rd c. B.C.

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