Metro Helps Make Downtown Sofia Top Archaeology Complex

Archaeology | March 21, 2010, Sunday // 20:32|  views

Тhe archaeological site in downtown Sofia uncovered during the latest metro construction activities. Photo by BGNES

An archaeological complex on several levels will be set up in the very downtown of the Bulgarian capital Sofia.

The complex is going to feature several latest archaeological discoveries revealed over the last couple of weeks during the construction of the second metro line in Sofia.

A video of the archaeology site in downtown Sofia uncovered during the latest metro construction activities is available HERE

A group of architects and archaeologists supported by the Sofia Municipality, the Ministry of Culture, and the Sofia Metropolitan company, presented Sunday a project entitled “Serdika – Ancient Cultural-Communication Project”.

It provides for making accessible to the public the streets and structures of one-time Thracian and Roman town of Serdika located in the very heart of today’s Sofia.

During the latest archaeological excavations carried out as part of the construction of the second line of the Sofia Metro archaeologists have found two medieval churches close to the Central Department Store (TZUM).

The project covers an area of 16,5 decares including the Independence Square, part of the Maria Luiza Street, and two metro stations – 7-1 and 8-2. Thus, the archaeological heritage of the Bulgarian capital will be shown on the surface layer as well as underground, inside the metro stations.

The project is to be completed by 2012, and is expected to cost about BGN 20 M. The funding will be provided mainly by the municipally-owned Sofia Metropolitan company.

Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova has explained that funds could also come from EU operational programs.

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A video of the archaeology site in downtown Sofia VIEW HERE

Tags: archaeology, archaeologist, Sofia metro, Serdika, church


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