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Mezek – Ivaylovgrad route

Starting point: At the tour operator's proposal

Route: Mezek village - Siva river village - Malko gradishte village - Dabovets village - Kamilski dol village - Lambhuh village - Huhla village - Ivaylovgrad

Endpoint: Upon preposition of the tour operator

Program:
9.30 am Arriving in front of Katarzyna Estate Winery (GPS 41.74669, 26.13939)
9.30 am – 10.15 am Tour of the Winery, wine tasting and buying wine
10.15 am – 10.45 am Tour of the Medieval fortress Mezek (GPS 41.73494, 26.08008)
10.45 am – 11.30 am Visit to Mezek Winery (GPS 41.73687, 26.08969), tour of the Winery, wine tasting and buying wine
11.30 am – 12.30 am Tour of the Thracian domed tomb (GPS 41.73518, 26.10178)
12.30 am – 1.30 pm Traveling to Ivaylovgrad
1.30 pm – 2.30 pm Lunch in hotel-restaurant St.St. Constantine and Elena (GPS 41.52213, 26.11907)
2.30 pm – 3.30 pm Tour of the Ancient Villa Armira (GPS 41.49914, 26.10649)
3.30 pm – 4.30 pm Visiting the Yamanyevs Winery (GPS 41.52674, 26.13106), wine tasting and buying wine
4.30 pm – 6.30 pm Visit to the "Traditional Culinary Heritage" Festival, in the central square of Ivaylovgrad (GPS 41.52669, 26.12427) - only during the first weekend of September
6.30 pm Departure from Ivaylovgrad

Thracian domed tomb

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The tomb in Mezek village, Svilengrad municipality is the most monumental tomb of the Mycenae type found on the Bulgarian lands. In 1908 a villager discovered an accidentally bronze figure of a wild boar, in natural size, weighing 177 kilograms.

Later, in 1931 local inhabitants discovered the tomb itself, which is covered with an impressive mound embankment with a height of 14-15 m and a diameter at the base of 90 m.

The tomb is made of cut stone blocks connected in places with iron braces.

The tomb enters through a 20 m long corridor (dromos). Two rectangular anteros are followed, then followed by a circular burial chamber with a beetle dome.

The total length of the facility is about 31 meters.

A large number of objects of gold, bronze, iron, glass and ceramics are found in the tomb, which are exhibited in the museums in Sofia and Haskovo.

The sculpture of a boar is located in the archaeological museum of Istanbul, because since in 1908 this area was still within Turkey's borders.

There is a plaster cast of the original in the museum in Haskovo.

The Tourist Information Center offers a tour of the tomb with a tour guide after a preliminary request.

Coordinates:
Mezek village, Svilengrad Municipality
Tourist Information Center – Svilengrad
+359 889 044 016; +359 886 000 726
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Last modified on Wednesday, 11 July 2018 08:40

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