France's Louvre to Exhibit Treasures of Thracian King Seuthes III
Thracian treasures possessions of King Seuthes III will be transported to the Louvre in Paris for an exposition entitled The Epic of the Thracian Kings, opening in April this year.
The most probable date for the transportation of the collection is set for March 23 and many of the artefacts will be travelling by plane, as reported by Pressa daily.
A total of 1,628 items currently located in 17 museums across the country will be shown to the visitors of the Louvre.
The bronze head of King Seuthes III, his golden wreath, the coins of his reign as well as other significant artefacts will be exposed in the most prestigious hall at the legendary French museum - the bedroom of King Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King.
Despite the fact that exhibitions on Thracian culture have formerly been organized at the French museum, this one will feature complete burial complexes in order to better recreate the atmosphere and living conditions at the time, BTA information agency reported.
Former Louvre Director Henri Loyrette stated that an attempt is made for more attention to be given to the Thracian culture. He added that little is known of it, while its accomplishments have far surpassed those of other European civilizations in IV c. BC.
Bulgarian Cultural Minister Vezhdi Rashidov said in an interview for Pressa daily that the exposition had been agreed upon over a bet between him and Loyrette when the latter visited Bulgaria back in 2012.
Rashidov stated that Loyrette told him he was impressed by the cultural heritage of the country and experienced a ''cultural shock.''
In December 2014 the formal agreement was signed with current Louvre Director Jean-Luc Martinez.
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