Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari
Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari
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Soccca
Tolmin, Slovenia1,787 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
We came there when a bus of tourists was already there. So we had to wait an hour and a half because only guided tours are available and only 12 tourists at a time. We were a bit in short with time that day, but we decided to wait anyway. It was a good decision because the tomb is just amazing, it is very well preserved as if it was built yesterday. If it wasn’t under UNESCO I just wouldn’t believe it was original. Highly recommended!
Written June 14, 2024
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Jan V
Sofia, Bulgaria6,897 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Friends
Magnificent complex of tombs clise to Razgrad. 3 of them are open to public with the Royal tomb being the most spectacular and best preserved. Only guided tours are available, while entry is 14 leva. Must be done in a life time.
Written July 25, 2020
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marianaMarDelPlata
mar del plata35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
We rented a car and drove from Veliko Tarnovo. The road was fine and the trip an easy one. Even with our GPS we had a hard time getting from the small town Sveshtari to the Tomb, there were no signs in either English or Spanish. Locals were kind enough to try to communicate with us and tells us directions. When we finaly got there, we were surprised there awere many tombs, although the more impressive was Sveshtari. There is a visitor center where you get the tickets, there are a few picnic tables, restrooms and a small gift center. The tomb itself was impresssive and totaly worth the trip there.
I was sorry the guide (in English, included in the ticket price) was not very helpfull; we actually learned about the tomb on our way out from a small book we got at the gift center.
In short, it is worth it but make sure you learn about it (and the whole archeological site) before you go so you can fully appreciate it.
Written July 20, 2018
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Richard W
Perth, Australia12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
My wife and I travelled to Bulgaria from Western Australia and one of the highlights of our visit was to have been a visit to Sveshtari's Thracian Tomb.
We travelled for over two hours on, latterly, some of the worst roads we have encountered in Bulgaria only to find that the tomb was not open on Mondays and Tuesdays.
THERE WAS NO INFORMATION ON THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE TO ADVISE OPENING DAYS AND HOURS!
A totally wasted trip and our itinerary was such that we could not come back another day.
Our Bulgarian guide was so angry he contacted the appropriate people to complain about the website.
It has been common in our experience that many historic sites, museums etc are signposted only in the Bulgarian language and the information on captions and explanatory material is similarly only in Bulgarian. There seems to be no recognition on the part of tourism authorities that Bulgaria has visitors who do not speak or read the language. They need to lift their game!
Written July 23, 2014
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Suwatss
Bangkok, Thailand5,663 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
We think the only reason that will make your effort to come to this remote village in Northern Bulgaria is its authenticity and uniqueness of the tomb. We found the tomb is tiny and is covered in the air conditioned chamber that has an electronic door open only by the officers at the tomb. For the pros unlike the more famous Thracian tomb of Kazanlak which is now a copy only to see given the authentic tomb next door is permanently closed many years ago this tomb is still the original one. This tomb’s key character is its one of a kind of stone sculpture vs the colorful murals at Tomb at Kazanlak.

Tip. Beware of the road to reach here. It is rough and bumpy.

Also we you pass the village of Sveshtari before reaching the tomb don’t forget to stop by the village’s supermarket to take a picture of the replica of the famous woman stone sculpture for your picture memory given at the tomb the photography is not allowed.
Written June 6, 2019
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KLMircea
Oradea, Romania11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Family
On my UNESCO travel list it was time to visit the Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari. So I have taken the ferry at Călăraşi to go to from Romania to Bulgaria and I went on some amazing roads, not highways but the typical scenic roads going over the beautiful hills, through deep forests to the place I need to be. There is an information center and you will have a guide in English, or Bulgarian but only if you speak it and you can buy souverins while waiting your turn. I have visited all three tombs: the royal one, number 12 and number 13… yes, the tombs are with numbers just because from 1982 they have discovered 103 in this region (Sboryanovo). The two smaller ones were for rich Thracian peoples but nothing will give a hint about the main one. The three mounds standing close to each other were built in the 4th-3trd centuries BC. A unique future is the sliding doors. Under Ginina Hill is the better known Sveshtari Tomb built of large lime-stones blocks. The decorations are with Hellenistic and Getae styles. The ornamentation of the central burial chamber is very rich with ten female figures and above is a painted scene representing the deification of the deceased ruler – the great king Dromichaetes. Because of its remarkable architecture and decorations this tomb became a UNESCO site in 1985, only three years after it was discovered. With the king was buried his best-loved wife and his favorite horses (FYI: he had ten wives). There was also a room special created for the big treasure but it was rubbed and the archeologist found only an earring. Some believe that there is a pattern in the positioning of the mounds accordingly to some constellations.
FYI: The Romanian dictator Ceauşescu identified Romanians with the Getae and the Dacians and transformed Dromichaetes into one of the great heroes of Romanian national pantheon, alongside Burebista and Decebalus. That is why the king was the main character in Muntele ("The Mountain"), a play written in 1977 by Dumitru Radu Popescu and a political fable. The identity between the ruler and its people alludes to Ceauşescu's cult of personality.
Written May 26, 2013
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pammy196
Carlisle, UK65 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
Drove a considerable distance to get here after checking the opening times. Wednesday. Check. Between 1030 and 430. Check. Everything was closed, cafe, toilet, tombs. Can you please update your website to let people know when you are likely to be closed.
Written February 6, 2019
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SakinWorld
Iasi, Romania1,390 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
I was in November 27, with my wife. It was a THURSDAY, but the thracian tomb was closed :(! On the program displayed on the door of the ticket office, said that Monday and Tuesday is closed and I try to find somebody on the spot, but there was only the gardian, who don't speak or understand english. He told us it's too cold for opening the tomb and my wife asked him sarcastically if it's too cold for the Thracians to sit in the tomb :)!

We was very disappointed because we made a detour of about 100 km for this purpose, on a bad road. For a UNESCO Monument, Bulgarians didn't made efforts to attract tourists.
Written December 3, 2014
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guduains
Milan, Italy141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
To reach this necropolis you have to drive in a country road, as the site is not near a big city, so you have to go there. But this place definitely deserves a visit. The king's tomb is air-conditioned and the time of the visit is limited. But despite this, it's so beautiful that definitely worth, it literally leaves the breath, it's a magical place. Extremely recommended
Written September 27, 2017
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Aleksandar S
Sofia, Bulgaria186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Solo
I was truly fascinated from this attraction. It is a mix between modernist and ancient authentic Tomb. It's is one of the most impressive tombs in Bulgaria. It is located nearby Isperih town but you will need a car to reach the Tomb.
Written September 24, 2016
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