The Rose Festival in Bulgaria is in full speed and the culmination and the main events will happen this weekend (more info here). If you are planning to attend the Rose Festival, why not experience something as unique as the rose festival itself – a glimpse of the Valley of the Thracian Kings. Did you know that in the Rose Valley, there is another, more ancient treasure being unravelled with every passing day – the Valley of Thracian Kings. (https://www.rosefestivalkazanlak.com). Here, the capital of the Odrysian Kingdom (the strongest and mightiest of all Thracian kingdoms) – Seuthopolis was unearthed and lies today at the bottom of the Koprinka reservoir. The Valley of the Kings is full of remains – ancient Thracian tombs, temples, and sanctuaries with gold, silver, and bronze masterpieces found in this area. Тhe Golyama Kosmatka Thracian tomb for example, is one of the largest mounds ever found on the Balkan Peninsula, dating from the end of the 5th century B.C. Archaeologists believe they have found the tomb of the greatest Thracian king, Seuth III. (https://www.bhfieldschool.org/)
If you want to find out more about this unique world heritage, check out this month’s Culture Corner.