Ancient Thrace Capital to Be Drawn out of Water Reservoir for EUR 100 M

Business | August 6, 2008, Wednesday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 19
Bulgaria: Ancient Thrace Capital to Be Drawn out of Water Reservoir for EUR 100 M This is what the "drawing out" of the ancient Thracian capital Sevtopolis from the water of the Koprinka Reservoir will look like, according to the project. Photo by BGNES

The project to draw Sevtopolis, the capital city of Ancient Thrace, out of the waters of the Koprinka Reservior in central Bulgaria, and turn it into a top tourist destination, has been estimated to cost EUR 100 M.

Sevtopolis is currently located at a depth of about 20 meters on the bottom of the reservoir but has been found to be in an excellent condition.

According to the project recently put forth by the Mayor of the nearby city of Kazanluk Stefan Damyanov and Bulgaria's Culture Ministry, a wall will be built around the ancient city so as to separate to keep away from it the water of the reservoir, and to create an artificial island there, which will be opened for tourists.

Bulgaria's Ministry of Culture has already set up an 18-member working group to set up the procedure for attracting foreign engineering companies to draw Sevtopolis out of the reservoir. Several investors from the Netherlands, Greece, and Kuwait have already expressed their interest in participating.

The working group must be ready with a plan for completing the project by September 30.

According to the project of architect Zheko Tilev, about 2% of the total area of the Koprinka Reservoir will be dried out in order to create the artificial island, which will be located below the water level. The circle wall around the ancient city will have a diameter of 420 meter and a perimeter of 1300 m.

The capital of the Thracian monarch Sevt III was first discovered in explored in 1948-54 before the Koprinka Reservoir was built on top of it. The construction proceeded despite the invaluable architectural monument.

According to the National Union "Preserve the Bulgarian", the ancient city will be visited by at least 500 000 tourists during the first year after its opening.

The Kazanluk region is already attracting thousands of tourists with its Valley of Thracian Kings and Valley of Roses. The local people are really hopeful about the drawing of Sevtopolis out of the water, and the turning it into a tourist destination.
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Karnak76 - 8 Aug 2008 // 11:48:13

Well, to add about the story, when this ancient capital was discovered, the Soviets sent helicopters to pick the gold discovered in the graves and then inundated it with water....I found a picture somewhere in the internet with the Soviet helicopter lifting a roman style coffin filled with gold from Sevtopolis just before it was inundated....

CreepyS - 7 Aug 2008 // 20:38:24


What your history teachers at school teached you? Looks like German schools provide a pretty crappy education in history, probably including German history.

Normally one should have an idea what the world looked like around 1950 on both sides of the "iron courtain".

Taro - 7 Aug 2008 // 17:50:31

When you have friends like that, for what you need enemies...

I see the point that it was not even useless but dangerous to protest. Granted.


CJB - 7 Aug 2008 // 17:22:03

Well hey, if the roads minister can get construction contracts awarded to his brother, why shouldn't the minister of culture and the mayor of kazanluk? Even better if the project is ridiculously expensive and funded from the state budget! Treble rakias all round!

Karnak76 - 7 Aug 2008 // 17:13:31

Protesting means being sent to Siberia and die in -50 about that?? Specially in 1948 when Stalin was alive.....

iamsoobored - 7 Aug 2008 // 15:47:28


Obviously you have NO idea how things were during communism in Bulgaria. There were Russian "experts" in every business, all business was owned by the government, and if a Bulgarian would protest against the Russian expert, he found himself in the gulags in Siberia, or worse. A person had to have a death wish to protest against the Evil Empire USSR. It would have been totally useless. My father protested about something, took it all the way up to highest levels of government, and in the end the BG government told him to shut up, because the problem was not technical, it was political. BG didn't want to piss off Russia.

Taro - 7 Aug 2008 // 13:17:44

"But then the Soviets built this dam so they did not care about history......"

But the bulgarian kommies didn't protest either...


Karnak76 - 7 Aug 2008 // 12:52:37

NO it was lunacy not to make it a tourist destination in 1948...But then the Soviets built this dam so they did not care about history......

Manfred - 7 Aug 2008 // 08:57:18

I hope it will be happen soon! I'm very interested to see this ancient city.

iamsoobored - 7 Aug 2008 // 02:43:22

Hello Manfred,

Your web page is beautiful and your photos are amazing. It looks like you and your friends have been having great holidays in Bulgaria. Thanks for sharing. buddy. I am not so bored anymore. ;-)

fishbrain - 6 Aug 2008 // 23:51:31

Its an interesting idea.. is it feasible? Probably not. Why debate it.

Would be more sensible to get all Thracian artifacts found so far and create a unique Thracian Museum somewhere.

mikolakh - 6 Aug 2008 // 23:47:36

Abu Simbel has been cut and move many kilometres above it's previous location from where the Soviets built the Aswan Dam.

Sveto - 6 Aug 2008 // 22:09:37

It is but fascinating how predominantly folks with no significant ancient culture find old history boring.
Yeha, let’s save the 100M Euro and use them for better things like maybe giving them in food to the blacks in Africa, so they can happily propagate like rats and send the wives to do some small work on the field, while the boys drink German bier in cans from the donations. But hey that might keep them off of the EU, so money good spent.
Why would Germans care about the remains of the Tracian civilization, when they had to wait to be enslaved by the Roman Empire, so they can finally shake off the barbarian “glory” and enjoy the fruits of the ancient knowledge.

Kein Problem Jungs, Deutsch, English, Spanisch, wir die miesen Bulgaren, sahen uns gezwungen stundenlang Гјber den BГјchern zu sitzen um fit fГјr das Leben zu sein. Jetzt sind wir an der Reihe die FrГјchte der TГјchtigkeit zu genieГџen, also benutzt was immer ihr einmal so zu lernen geschafft habt. Wir machen uns zurecht.

Manfred - 6 Aug 2008 // 21:02:46


##Ich fГјr meinen Teil interessiere mich lieber fГјr die Zukunft.##

Man kann doch das eine tun ohne das andere zu lassen. Mich interessiert Гјbrigens, wie es dir in Varna so geht. Falls du magst, schick mir mal ne Email oder werfe einen Blick auf meine Homepage. Da siehst du, was mich mit Bulgarien verbindet. (Die Adressen stehen in meinem Profil).

Viele GrГјГџe


@All users

Next time only in English or Bulgarian (promised!)

Taro - 6 Aug 2008 // 20:45:09


ich habe nichts gegen alte Steine, besuche sie auch sehr gerne. War schon in Madara, in den wichtigsten Klöster, Arbanassi, Tsarevetz, Asenovgrad, Koprivsthitza, usw. Würde auch gerne Perperikon besuchen.

Ich habe Geschichte studiert, also durchaus ein gesteigertes Interesse. Aber es ist schon auffällig, das sich die Bulgaren gerne an das früher erinnern.
Ich fГјr meinen Teil interessiere mich lieber fГјr die Zukunft.

100Mio Eur ist viel Geld, man sollte daher gut prГјfen, ob die Sache Гјberhaupt Sinn macht.

Das Fotos sieht auf jeden Fall interessant aus.

Wie gesagt, schau mer mal.


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