Mogilan Mound

Embark on an unforgettable journey to the ancient city of Vratsa, where you can discover the fascinating stories and treasures of the Mogilan Mound.

A Journey into the Ancient World: Exploring the Mogilan Mound in Vratsa

In the heart of the city is the Mogilan Mound, where a rich burial complex was discovered in 1965, revealing a real Thracian golden treasure. This archaeological site offers a rare glimpse into the culture of the ancient Thracians, providing a unique opportunity to explore their traditions and way of life.

The trove is part of an exceptional burial complex that consists of three tombs that were accidentally discovered while digging the foundations of a future apartment building. Archaeologists discovered three tombs under the half-buried hill, which they believe are most likely wooden structures that collapsed during the works.

One of the tombs was looted in ancient times, but the other two, fortunately for archaeologists, were untouched by treasure hunters. In the second tomb were found the remains of a male warrior with his weapon, along with the famous gilded silver kneeler with the image of the Great Mother Goddess, which is related to one of the mysteries of the find: "Why is there only one kneeler? ". The same is the case with three more kneelers, found here and in Romania.

In the vestibule of one tomb, archaeologists discovered a Thracian chariot with two harnessed horses, the oldest discovered in our lands.

The fascinating story of the Thracian princess buried in Vratsa

In its western part, the skeleton of a 15-16-year-old girl was also found, whose head was decorated with a beautiful golden wreath depicting laurel branches, as well as gold earrings in the shape of an acorn, finely decorated with precious figures. The buried girl is believed to be a princess, the beloved wife of a Thracian ruler, possibly ritually murdered to be with him in his afterlife.

If you are curious about what the young princess looked like, you can visit the Regional Historical Museum of Vratsa, where you can see the reconstruction of her face on the skull. Her features lead anthropologists to argue that she is probably not a Thracian, but the daughter of a prominent Greek ruler.

The tomb also contains 47 pure gold ornaments, some with inscriptions that mention the name of the Odrysian ruler Kotis I, bronze and ceramic vessels and objects, and a set of magical figurines.

Vratsa: where history comes alive through Thracian gold treasure

During the excavation of the third tomb, archaeologists discovered the skeletons of a man and a woman, as well as gold and silver vessels and jewels. The beautiful grave goods, artefacts found and the tombs have led scholars to say that those buried in the tomb were most likely aristocrats from the Triballi dynasty dating back to the 4th century BC.

In addition to the Mogilan Mound, Vratsa also offers a number of other historical and cultural attractions that will surely make your trip unforgettable. Explore the city's rich history by visiting the Vratsa Regional History Museum, where you can learn about the city's past, including the prehistoric and Roman periods.

For nature lovers, Vrachanski Balkan Nature Park offers breathtaking views of Stara Planina and its stunning rock formations, which are ideal for hiking, climbing and sightseeing.

For nature lovers, Vrachanski Balkan Nature Park offers breathtaking views of Stara Planina and its stunning rock formations, which are ideal for hiking, climbing and sightseeing.

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With a uniquely beautiful nature and a rich and interesting history, the city of Vratsa is a real paradise for lovers of tourist life.

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