Orpheus Grave Mystery Unveiled in Bulgaria

Politics | June 10, 2004, Thursday // 00:00
Orpheus Grave Mystery Unveiled in Bulgaria A Bulgarian expedition uncovered an excellently preserved Thracian temple believed to be the grave of mythical Orpheus. Photo by bTV.

An archaeological expedition led by prominent Bulgarian Professor Nikolay Ovcharov unveiled the mystery of the excellently preserved Thracian temple in the region of Tatul village.

Though most of the archaeologists in the expedition assume that the Thracian temple was dedicated to the mythical Orpheus, there are still some suggestions that that it might have been built in honour of a Thracian king.

The sanctuary is a unique finding and a monument of the Hellenistic ages in Bulgaria, Professor Ovcharov explained. It has hidden many of the ancient sacraments and rituals administered there.

Bulgaria's history Professor Ivan Venedikov presupposed 75 years ago that somewhere in the roundabouts of Tatul tomb was the grave site of Thracia-born Orpheus.

An overall complex of other images and constructions is situated in vicinity of the tomb, including a ritual stairway on the tomb's lower part.

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