Ancient Acropolis To Be Restored in Bulgaria's Kyustendil
Bulgaria's government has set aside BGN 5 M for the restoration of the Pautalia acropolis, near Kyustendil.
The project includes the restoration of the medieval fortress on the Hisarluka hill and the setting up of a museum with artifacts from the area.
Additional archaeological excavations will expose the early Christian basilica, which had been built on the site of an ancient temple of Apollo.
According to Kyustendil's mayor Petar Paunov, the project could be completed by the end of this year.
The Thracian town of Pautalia was founded in 5th-4th centuries BC near the hot springs in the area. Later the Romans developed it into a stronghold, balneological center and trading post. In the Middle Ages the town was called Velbazhd and had been part of the Byzantine Empire and the Second Bulgarian Kingdom.
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