Kazanlak

Kazanlak is the capital of the Valley of Roses. Population – over 60 000 citizens. Once at this spot there was an ancient village, dating back to 6000-5000 B.C. The ancient Thracian settlement of Sevtopolis existed here (named by the Thracian king Seuthes III), and its remains are still lying under the waters of Koprinka Dam, 7 km South-West from Kazanlak. Sevtopolis is the best explored Thracian settlement, it was the capital of the Thracian Odriss State, famous for its rich civilization, developed by the Tundja River banks. The 12 Thracian Tombs discovered date back from this period, showing us perfect concept for the way of living of the Thracians. The town of Kazanlak is a an inheritor of this settlement. The nowadays town is established in the beginning of the XV century. Till the end of the XIX century it was famous for the producing of rose oil, coppersmith goods (which has given the name of the town), cloaks, woolen braids, goldsmith and so on.

Undoubtedly the most interesting cultural-historical sight of the town is the Kazanluk Thracian Tomb, dating back from IV c. B.C. It had been found in 1944 and is one of the 9th objects in Bulgaria, included in the UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage list. This is the only one site in Bulgaria where completely preserved painting - a masterpiece of the early Hellenistic art, can be seen.

Recently ten more Thracian tombs have been found near Kazanlak. One of the most interesting findings was the Gold mask of the Thracian king Teres, consisting of 600 gr. 24-carat gold. This is the reason this valley to be called the Valley of the Thracian Kings.

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