10.07.2010 -

Permanent Photographic Exhibition on sacred Thracian sites. Yambol, Bulgaria. 17 July 2010

©Yambol, regional Governor OfficePoster Photographic exhibition on sacred Thracian sites

The Museum of the archaeological site of Kabilè, ancient capital of the Thracian kings in Yambol Bulgaria is hosting a photographic exhibition on sacred Thracian sites. This initiative supported by UNESCO in collaboration with the Bulgarian National Commission for UNESCO is part of the sub-regional project «Cultural Heritage - a Bridge towards a Shared Future».


Yambol is home to the ancient settlement of Kabile, a national archaeological reserve and a nature preserved site, being the most important Thracian settlement in Bulgaria. In modern study of ancient Thrace it has already been proved that Kabile was the most prominent political, economic and religious centre from the first millennium BC. The archaeological investigations of the ancient city that have taken place in the last decades have revealed a great number of stone inscriptions, coins, ceramic ware and remains of building activities dating from times over a millennium long history. Most of the discovered artifacts have already been published and used as a data for archaeological and historical studies.

Sacred sanctuaries, rich ornaments, objects of devotion and of daily life: archeological researches in Bulgaria are bringing to light an ever richer evidence of the wealth and power of the Thracians, one of the civilizations that most contributed to shape the culture and the history of Europe in the period of antiquity.

With the aim to raise awareness about this cultural heritage, and to strengthen its promotion at both national and international level, a new exhibition was inaugurated at the museum of the ancient Thracian capital Kabile, close to the city of Yambol. The exhibition, focused on most recent findings from the sacred Thracian sites along the lower course of the Tundja river, is part of a broader activity by the Bulgarian Centre of Thracology, under the title “The Thracians: a shared cultural heritage”, encompassing the realization of other multimedia informative materials (videos, websites, etc), as well as cross-border research activities and the organization of scientific conferences with the participation of experts from Bulgaria and Turkey.

Final aim of the initiative is to contribute to the creation of a cultural tourism corridor about the Thracian sites along the Tundja, which may serve as a model for the development of similar cultural routes in Bulgaria and in the neighboring countries.

This initiative is supported by the UNESCO Venice Office in collaboration with the Bulgarian National Commission for UNESCO, as part of the sub-regional project «Cultural Heritage - a Bridge towards a Shared Future», financed with the generous contribution of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Cooperazione Italiana.

UNESCO Contacts :  Responsible Officer Marie-Paule Roudil

Anthony Krause at a.krause(at)unesco.org , Matteo Rosati at m.rosati(at)unesco.org , Lisa Santato at L.santato(at)unesco.org

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