Treasures

The Thracians have inhabited our lands for many centuries. By the 5th century BC, their presence was pervasive enough to have made the Greek chronicler Herodotus call them the second-most numerous people (after the Indians) in the known part of the world.

Millennia later, their ancient and mysterious culture was revealed in its true magnificence. The discovered Thracian gold treasures conquered the modern world and enabled a great civilization to take its deserved place in the history of mankind.

The Varna Chalcolithic Necropolis (4600 - 4200 BC), which experts qualify as “the world's oldest gold” and a trace of “Europe's most ancient civilization” was a sensational discovery. The 28 objects - bracelets, hatches, and ornaments - are now kept in the Varna History Museum. The Valchitran treasure dates from the Bronze Age. The perfectly shaped and carefully polished ritual vessels weight 12.5 kg. They are part of the exhibition of the National History Museum.

The Panagyurishte gold treasure (4th century BC) is a royal set made of 23 carat gold. The nine exquisitely shaped vessels - rhytons, amphoras and a phiale - are embossed and depict mythological scenes. The treasure is currently kept in the National History Museum in Sofia.

The Vratsa treasure (4th century BC) consists of a number of beautiful objects - a golden wreath, earrings and a kneecap.

The Loukovit and Letnitsa treasures (4th century BC) are both interesting and valuable.

The Rogozen royal silver treasure is the biggest and richest from that period found till now. It consists of 165 vessels – phiales, jugs and cups.

These treasures are important to us today because their brilliance and beauty invariably remind us of man's longing for harmony.

The rich and glorious history these treasures carry, has brought upon them great interest from all around the world. They have been shown in numerous countries among which Japan, Canada, The USA, Mexico, France, Russia, Austria, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Hungary, Holland and India.