Thracian Tomb of Kazanlâk

Thracian Tomb of Kazanlâk information

Kazanlâk , Bulgaria
Tyulbe Park
admission 20 lv
Opening hours
10am-5pm May-Nov, by reservation Nov-April
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In hilly Tyulbe Park, a 15-minute walk northeast of Kazanlâk's centre, is one of the archaeological finds of the century: a brilliantly frescoed, 4th-century-BC tomb of a Thracian ruler. Discovered in 1944 during a bomb shelter construction, it's now a Unesco World Heritage site.

Along the dromos (vaulted entry corridor), a double frieze depicts battle scenes. The burial chamber is 12m in diameter, and covered by a beehive dome typical of Thracian 3rd to 5th centuries BC design. The dome's murals depict events such as a funeral feast and chariot race.