Newly Found Old Stuff

Ancient Thracia

Ancient Thracia

This postcard comes from a really colourful guy in Bulgaria, Zdravko. But now, let’s get down to business. At the top left one can see the tomb of Kazanlak, which dates back to the 4th century BC. But you know all about that, of course, because obviously y’all read my previous post about the place. Next to Kazanlak is the Thracian tomb of Sveshtari. This tomb was only discovered in 1982 but dates back to the 3rd century BC. The tomb is a symbol and remind of the Getae that inhabited the area during this period. At the bottom left is Perperikon Palace, which is located near the town of Kardzhali. Perperikon is located on a rocky hill about 470 meters high and is thought to have been a sacred place. It is not clear to when exactly the old palace dates but it is believed to have been built during the roman period. Finally, at the bottom right is Aleksandrovo. It is a tomb located in South-Eastern Bulgaria, dating back to the 4th century BC. This tomb was only discovered in 2000 by excavators. Talk about a fortunate accident! Unfortunately some looters entered the site soon after its uncovering and destroyed some of the frescoes. They were all subsequently struck by lightning. No, I’m lying but that would have been a good ending to this story, no? At any rate, the naked man standing behind the boar is conveniently not being shown on the postcard. But ja, I prefer it that way too. Thanks Zdravko, I love this postcard!

Streets of Etara

Etar, Gabrovo, Bulgaria

Etar, Gabrovo, Bulgaria

Another great postcard from Dilyana in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. It shows Etar, which is often called Etara in her hometown. Dilyana says that this open-air museum is the first place she will take me when I scrape together that crucial 100 Euro for a Bulgarian visa. Better start saving, looks like a place I’d want to see! Etar was constructed to show Bulgarian culture, customs and craftsmanship and has the goal of showing off the traditional way of life, economy and architecture of the region during the Bulgarian nation revival. The complex was opened in 1964, became a national park in 1967 and was proclaimed a cultural monument in 1971. Seems awesome! Thanks Dilyana!

Sexy Sofia

Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia, Bulgaria

Lovely Dilyana bought me this postcard on a day-trip to the capital city of Bulgaria, Sofia. She says that this building shown on the postcard is one of the symbols of Sofia and houses space to hold concerts and other cultural activities. She also tells me that it is built in typical Soviet fashion, so as to look like a flying saucer. The city’s history spans back 2400 years and houses 1.3 million people today. Originally named Serdica, the city only became important around 1879, when it became the capital of Bulgaria. It is now ranked as a “beta” city and is Bulgaria’s only city to be ranked in the Global City Index. All I can say is that a city with this much history and culture is a must see. Thanks again Dilyana!

Historic Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

From the awesome Dilyana in Gabrovo, Bulgaria, I received this multi-view of a bunch of magnificent historical sites in the country. The top picture is of Rila Monastery, which is the most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in the country. It was named after its founder, Ivan of Rila. It was originally built in the 10th century, later destroyed and rebuilt in the 15th century. Even so, it out-dates anything standing in my country. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The stunning building at the bottom left is the Great Basilica of Pliska, which was completed in 875 AD. It was the largest christian cathedral built in medieval Europe, outside of Constantinople with an impressive size of 2920 square meters. At the bottom in the middle is another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak. The tomb is part of a Thracian necropolis and dates back to the 4th centrury BC. The pieces in the tomb are Bulgaria’s greatest preserved artworks from the Hellenistic period. Last but not least one can see Asen’s Fortress at the bottom right. The fortress dates back to the time of the Thracians and has seen many conquerors being both repelled by it and raze it. It really does seem like a country very rich in history, full of great people and wonderful scenery. Now for my favourite line: Definitely a place I want to visit someday! Thank you Dilyana!