The Stara Zagora Region is one of the very few places in the world
where the development of human civilization can be traced back to antiquity. Here, civilizations sprung, evolved and thrived, and examples of their struggles are strewn throughout the region. Epic battles, stormy and passionate lives, religious cults all claimed the Stara Zagora Region as theirs. Over the millennia, historical artefacts have surfaced and been preserved, offering today’s visitors an unforgettable journey down the ages.
Life in the Neolithic Age
Immerse yourself in the New Stone Age – early 6th millennium BC. The unique Neolithic dwellings in Stara Zagora are one of the best preserved in Europe. You can see authentic tools - household and art items, including hand mills, ancient hearths, pottery fragments, deer horn sickles - all crafted and used by ancestors of today’s Europeans.
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The splendour of Thracian culture
Visit the Valley of the Thracian Kings, experience the touch of the mysterious rituals of Orphism in the mounds, tombs and in the ancient city of Sevtopolis (4th century BC). Here, in the city of Kazanlak, you can view exquisitely made pottery and jewellery that both reflect and provide evidence of a once flourishing Thracian culture. This spirit is especially tangible during the Festival of the Thracian culture in Kazanlak ....................
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Stara Zagora has preserved its ancient Roman heritage
The Roman Emperor Marcus Ulpius Trayan built the city of Augusta Trayana (107 AD) on the site of an ancient Thracian settlement in honour of his victory over the Dacians. The city rose to become the site of the second most significant cultural and administrative centre in the province, even minting its own coins. When you visit, make sure to see the exquisite Roman mosaics, the fortified walls, the Roman baths and the ancient open air theatre, which continues to be the site of ongoing public performances to this day......
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Proto-Bulgarian traditions and habits live on
The ruins of dozens of fortresses, churches and monasteries bear witness to the memory of the glory of the First and Second Bulgarian State (8th - 9th century AD). Bulgaria adopted Christianity in the 9th century and, with a fearsome army, went on to establish itself as the largest state in the Balkans. It was also home of men of letters, spreading enlightenment and introducing the Bulgarian language in church rituals...........................
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The unbreakable Bulgarian spirit
During 500 years of Ottoman rule, the Bulgarians kept their spirit and clung to their Bulgarian language and cultural traditions, despite the armed uprisings and liberation struggles. The feats of bravery of those who died for Bulgaria’s liberation – Bulgarians, Russians, Romanians and Finnish soldiers – are immortalized by the dozens of monuments attesting to their sacrifice............................
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Nature and attractions
In the Valley of the Roses, located between two mountain ranges, the foremost oil-bearing rose in the world is cultivated and promoted as the symbol of Bulgaria. The unique Rose Festival in May is an unforgettable experience for tourists who come from all over the world to immerse themselves in the magic of rose oil.
Hiking fans will enjoy the picturesque beauty of nature – the coolness of the oak pine forests of the Balkan Mountains. The Balkan Peninsula, which gets its name from these mountains, is also home to excellent fishing, hunting, and even flying with a delta planer.
Nature has also endowed this region with an abundance of mineral springs, healing waters and energy centres which together form the foundation of spa tourism in the region...... Ref. No 24-29 on the Map
Art and Culture – The soul of Bulgaria throughout the centuries
The Stara Zagora Region is the birthplace of numerous poets, musicians and artists who have left their mark in art and culture at a global level. It is also host to the International Opera and Ballet Festival, the Puppet Theatre, a unique Roma Festival and numerous artistic exhibitions. Organized festivals and celebrations dot the calendar throughout the year, exhibiting the Bulgarian traditions and welcoming visitors to join in the merriment.
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