The Thracian Vault Nearby Sveshtari

The Sveshtari Thracian Tomb
The Sveshtari Thracian Tomb
Figure of woman Limestone ht. 41 cm, Middle of 3rd cent. B.C. Hair pulled back to nape. Floor-length chiton, twice belted. Slightly open arms hold the upper part of the garment, right leg forward. Traces of polychrome decoration.
Figure of woman Limestone ht. 41 cm, Middle of 3rd cent. B.C. Hair pulled back to nape. Floor-length chiton, twice belted. Slightly open arms hold the upper part of the garment, right leg forward. Traces of polychrome decoration.

Sveshtari Thracian Tomb
(3rd century BC)

Discovered in 1982 under a large hill. Richly ornamented, the central chamber was decorated as a facade of a temple with depicted horseman who takes a golden garland from the hands of a goddess with a religious procession following her. The three walls have high reliefs with 10 carriatides.

The vault is a unique monument of the Thracian Hellenistic art, dating as far back as the first half of the third century B.C. It was discovered at the archeological excavations of a Thracian mound nearby the village of Sveshtari in 1982. It comprises a passageway and 3 almost square chambers, covered by semicircular vaults. In the central chamber 2 stone beds are to be seen and above the embossed ornaments, one could admire a scene of religious character, reproducing the act of deification of a distinguished Thracian. The lengthened proportions of the figures, as well as the composition and style can be paralleled with those found in the Thracian crypt nearby Kazanluck (read more). The funeral ritual, as well as the construction, architecture and ornaments evidence that a Thracian ruler has been buried there.

The vault nearby Sveshtari is a memorable monument of significant historical and cultural importance and it attests to the Thracians’ great contribution to the world’s cultural heritage.

It is situated 34 km away from Razgrad.

It was declared one of the monuments of UNESCO in 1986.






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