Nov 8, 2008

Project "Seuthopolis" to save an Ancient City

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Heard about Seuthopolis? It was an ancient city founded by the Thracian king Seuthes III, and the capital of the Odrysian kingdom since 320 BC. It was a small city, built on the site of an earlier settlement. Its ruins were discovered and explored in 1948 – 1954 during the construction of the Koprinca dam, Bulgaria. But, it was too late, and after completion of the dam, the first and the best preserved Thracian city in modern Bulgaria was flooded by water of the artificial lake. Seuthopolis is now located at the bottom of the Koprinka Reservoir near Kazanlak, Stara Zagora Province, in central Bulgaria.

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Then in 2005, half a century later it discovery, Bulgarian architect Zheko Tilev proposed a project to uncover, preserve and reconstruct the city of Seuthopolis by constructing a circular dam wall surrounding the ruins in the middle of the Koprinca dam. The round wall, 420 metres in diameter, would enable visitors to see the city from 20 metres above and would also feature "hanging gardens", glass lifts, a quay, restaurants, caf├ęs, shops, ateliers, etc. It would be illuminated at night.

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The project was donated by the architect to Kazanlak municipality and funds are being raised to begin construction. On the 1st of June 2008 National Union "Treasure the Bulgarian Heritage" started the petition "FOR" Seuthopolis, in support of the project for the restoration of the ancient Thracian city of Seuthopolis. People from all around the world supported it. According to architect Zheko Tilev, Seuthopolis project would cost minimum €50 million. Now, the initiators are in search for Bulgarian and foreign investor for the project "Seuthopolis".

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Project_SeuthopolisImage Credit: TILEV ARCHITECTS LTD.
Via: Seuthopolis

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