Kazanlak is the center
of the Valley of the Roses, the home of the Thracian kings, and an attractive
tourist destination. The country’s largest and best preserved Thracian tombs
are found here and they are included among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites,
along with the Museum of Roses.
The Rosa Damascena, known as the Damask or
Castile rose, is the greatest treasure in the region of Kazanlak. The rose was
imported into Bulgaria centuries ago and today is one of the nation’s symbols.
The conditions in Kazanlak proved to be more favorable for the cultivation of
the rose than those in its own country of origin – Tunisia. The Valley of
the Roses is one of the biggest producers of rose oil in the world.
Rose Valley you’ll also find the Valley of the Thracian Kings, near the town of Kazanlak (an area where the Odrysian
Kingdon once was). Here the capital of the Odrysian Kingdom (the strongest and
mightiest of all Thracian kingdoms) - Seuthopolis was unearthed which
unfortinatelly today lies at the bottom of the Koprinka reservoir.
The Valley of the Kings is full of remains - ancient
Thracian tombs, temples, and sanctuaries with gold, silver, and bronze
masterpieces have been found in this area.
Тhe Golyama Kosmatka Thracian tomb, one
of the largest mounds ever found on the Balkan Peninsula, dating from the end
of the 5th century B.C. Archaeologists believe they have found the tomb of the
greatest Thracian king, Seuth III.
Тhe Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak,
a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, impressive for its unique frescoes
dating from the 4th century B.C. The exceptionally well-preserved frescoes and
the condition of the original structure reveal the high level of culture and
pictorial art in Hellenistic Thrace.
In the Svetitsata
(The Saint) Mound was found a
stone vault - sarcophagus with many golden objects from the rich Trhacian
culture (5th century B.C.). The vault is connected to
the name of powerful king Theres. The most important finds in this vault are a
unique masque with impressive weight, probably owned by king Theres, and a
heavy golden ring with an image of athlete on it.