Golyama Kosmatka and the Valley of the Thracian Kings

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Thracian mound, located 1 km south of the town of Shipka, Bulgaria. It's in it one of the few preserved unlooted Thracian tombs was discovered - most likely this one of Seuthes III.

A completely preserved tomb of a Thracian king, buried with his horse, has been discovered. Built in 5th century BC, the tomb consists of three chambers and a corridor with a total length of 26 m. The first room is rectangular and a skeleton of a horse was found in it. The second the room is round in shape and has a beautiful 450 cm high domed roof. The third room is a monolithic granite block - sarcophagus, weighing about 60 tons.

In the third chamber on the spot were found objects that testify to the special lavish funeral. These include: a golden wreath of oak leaves and acorns, vessels for drinking and serving wine, elements of armaments, decoration for horse ammunition, round gold applique with the head of a raging lion with precisely made plants ornaments, glass checkers for play, as well as items related to the clothing.

A bronze head from a statue of a middle-aged man was found 7 m from the facade mustache and beard, and according to archaeologists it is a portrait of Seuthes III.

The Kazanlak region is dotted with Thracian tombs and monuments, including the Kazanlak Thracian tomb, which is famous for the remarkable frescoes in the corridor and the domed room - some of the best preserved works of ancient painting.


On the way to the town of Kazanlak from the town of Stara Zagora, you will notice signposts