Even the most fascinating archaeological site is nothing more than an accumulation of stones if its history and contexts remain unknown. This May, for two days, historians, archaeologists, restorers and experts in other fields shared their findings and ideas about the Bishop's Basilica of Philippopolis at a scientific conference in Plovdiv.

Published in Bulgaria Society
Friday, 04 May 2018 12:40

NYMPHS OF KASNAKOVO

Ancient Roman shrine devoted to healing water still attracts patronage

Published in High Beam
Monday, 02 April 2018 15:40

FORGOTTEN GLORY OF RED CHURCH

Apart from St Sofia in the capital, the marvellous mosaics of the Bishop's Basilica and the Small Basilica in Plovdiv, and the remains of the metropolitan church in Nesebar, traces of the early Byzantine era in Bulgaria are scarce and little known. They do exist, however: forgotten remnants of the time when the Eastern Roman Empire was trying to hold back the invasions of the Barbarians in the Balkans. Most are nothing more than low crumbling walls, almost invisible in the undergrowth and interesting only to archaeologists. Others, however, are still striking, despite time, neglect and the depredations of those seeking second-hand building materials.

Published in High Beam
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 14:41

CHURCH OF BIRDS

Peacocks, parrots, guineafowls cover the floor of Bulgaria's largest Antiquity church, the Bishop's Basilica of Philippopolis

Published in High Beam
Monday, 31 July 2017 14:44

DEVNYA MUSEUM OF ROMAN MOSAICS

The contrast between the drab town of Devnya and its Museum of Roman Mosaics is shocking – the modernistic concrete museum building preserves some of the best mosaics ever found in Bulgaria. Here they are, astonishing images made of thousands of stone tiles, exhibited in situ in a museum that was purpose built for them in the early 1980s.

Published in High Beam
Tuesday, 03 January 2017 13:15

AUGUSTA TRAIANA

Straight streets intersecting at right angles: Stara Zagora, a southern Bulgarian city of 150,000, is the only one of its type in Bulgaria. It is the result of a tragedy and a necessity. In the 1877-1878 Russo-Turkish War, Stara Zagora was razed to the ground after a vicious battle. Rebuilding began in 1878 according to a plan by an Austro-Hungarian architect.

Published in High Beam
Thursday, 27 October 2016 12:28

ABRITUS

Roman city in northeastern Bulgaria witnessed death of an emperor

Published in High Beam
Monday, 09 May 2016 15:23

LARGO OF SERDICA, ANNO 2016

Newly built Roman ruins in central Sofia smell of fresh mortar

Published in Bulgaria Society
Monday, 07 March 2016 14:46

ROMAN DANUBE

Europe's greatest river is dotted with ancient remains

Published in High Beam
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 11:15

BULGARIA'S ONLY OBELISK

Enigmatic ruins near Pavlikeni recall Roman era

Published in High Beam
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