Sofia Displays Crucifix-Piece Cross, Gold Treasure

Society | May 7, 2006, Sunday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
Sofia Displays Crucifix-Piece Cross, Gold Treasure A cross believed to imbed a piece of Christ's crucifix is one of the most intriguing exhibits in the newest exhibition of Sofia-based National History Museum. It is believed to heal and create miracles. Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia News Agency)

Sofia has put on display for the first time a unique treasure of church plate, including a cross believed to imbed a piece of Christ's crucifix.

Its permanent exhibition in the National History Museum will be officially opened on Monday by Culture Minister Stefan Danailov, under the title "Bulgarian Gold Treasure - IX-XIX century".

The solemn crown of the Orchid Patriarch - head of once autonomous Orchid Patriarchy - can also be seen in a new light.

More than 400 pieces have found place as tellers of one of most turbulent times of Bulgarian history. The exhibits were collected in the period of 1916-1917 by a special reconnaissance unit from churches and monasteries on the territory of nowadays Macedonia, the Museum's Bozhidar Dimitrov explained.

Under Article 126 of the Neilles Treaty, Bulgaria had to reimburse all stuff snatched from those territories but the government in Sofia then decided to hide the treasures in a special military fund.

Years later nobody remembered of these church plate, until 1992 when the exhibits were brought back to daylight and underwent restoration works.
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