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Thracian tomb in Shushmanets mound

Thracian tomb in Shushmanets mound
Type: Archaeological site
Location: Town Shipka »

The Thracian temple in mound "Shoushmanets" is located in the region called "Valley of the Thracian Kings", south of the town of Shipka, about 200 meters northeast of the other Thracian Tomb - Helvetia. The site was discovered by the archaeologist Georgi Kitov in 1996.

The ritual complex dates back ІVc.BC and is used also as necropolis. The temple is architecturally unique and is one of the most representative works of the Thracian architecture. This is the only Thracian temple with columns into both: the porch and the camera.

The tomb is built of large, well-formed stone blocks and the floors and the walls are processed with plaster. It consists of a wide, yard-like corridor, a prominent facade, lobby with a semi-cylindrical vault, supported by Doric column with Ionic capital and a circular chamber with other column.

The walls of the chamber have 3 zones and reflect the views of the Thracians on the construction of the world - the underground, the real and the heavenly world. There are 7 vertical fields, separated by seven semi-pillars with 10 vertical grooves. In the middle of the chamber they are connected to the column that ends with a big disc and has 15 radial block - a symbol of the sun.

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