BUL­GARIA

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Once upon a time the Thra­cians in­hab­ited Bul­gar­ian lands. Mil­len­nia after, their an­cient and mys­te­ri­ous cul­ture re­vealed its true mag­nif­i­cence. In the last few decades a num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant col­lec­tions of Thra­cian trea­sures have been dis­cov­ered in present-day Bul­garia, pro­vid­ing much of our present knowl­edge of an­cient Thrace. The Thra­cians made beau­ti­fully or­nate golden and sil­ver ob­jects such as var­i­ous kinds of ves­sels, rhy­tons, fa­cial masks, pec­torals, jew­elry, weapons, etc. They used to bury rich hoards of pre­cious ob­jects both to hide them in times of en­emy in­va­sions and un­rest as well as for rit­ual pur­poses. To date, more than 80 Thra­cian trea­sures have been ex­ca­vated in Bul­garia which hap­pens to be the cra­dle of the Thra­cian civ­i­liza­tion as the trea­sury shows and much of it is to be seen at the Na­tional Mu­seum of His­tory in Sofia which is gen­er­ally re­garded as its home, pro­vided that it is not on tour.

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