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Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari
Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari
Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari


Tangible HeritageWhat: Tomb
Where: Bulgaria, Isperih
When: Thracians

This 3rd-century B.C. Thracian tomb was discovered in 1982 near the village of Sveshtari, Like the tomb near Kazanlak it is built of stone and covered by a big hillock. The tomb’s masonry is as of the other Thracian buildings of that type, but the decoration of its burial chamber is unique and strikingly rich. That makes scientists believe that the tomb was made for a Thracian king, most probably for a king of the Getes. Ten coloured female figures are carved on the walls of the chamber. Up on one of the walls there is a drawing, depicting a Thracian goddess crowning the king. The drawing is a masterpiece made in dark-blue crayon and was meant to be the basis for a coloured painting, which, for unknown reasons, was not painted. This is the first decoration of this type in the Thracian lands.

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