Valley of the Thracian kings
The valley of the Thracian kings is located in South Bulgaria, near Kazanluk. Thracian tombs are found all over the territory of Bulgaria, but in the valley of the kings there are more than 1500, some of which are very well preserved. Thracian tombs are similar in a way to the Egyptian pyramids, with the sole difference that they are smaller and usually masked with earth to look like small hills.
The high concentration of Thracian tombs in this region is related to the capital city of the Odrysian kingdom – Seuthopolis. Unfortunately, Seuthopolis cannot be visited today, because the Communist authorities (1944-1989) created an artificial lake over it.
Because of the large number Thracian tombs throughout Bulgaria and the lack of funding for archaeologists many of them are still unexplored. One of the most famous is the Kazanluk tomb, which was found accidentally in 1944 by soldiers. It is today in the the center of Kazanluk city and can be visited. It has perfectly preserved wall decoration, making it one of the masterpieces of Thracian art. It is considered that it may have been a royal tomb.