In Bulgaria during the construction of metro was discovered an ancient church

2010-03-19

In Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, during the construction of a new branch of underground workers had accidentally discovered the ruins of the medieval church. The historical ruins have been found in the vicinity of the Sofia Central Department Store. Due to the findings the construction of subway in Sofia was temporarily stopped. The Medieval church was founded by the builders on Monday, March 15, 2010. And on Tuesday for the inspection to the site arrived the Minister of Culture of Bulgaria and the chief architect of Sofia. The archaeological site includes the church, the date of construction of which is approximately the 12th century, the elements of the buildings, which are of the fifth and sixth centuries, as well as the ancient burial. The employees of the National Institute of Archaeology in Sofia, who also attended the site, focused on the fact that for saving this new-found historical relic Sofia’s authorities need to take several measures. For example, archaeologists have proposed to create for the ancient ruins a special closed cupola over the church. The Minister and the chief architect promised to assist archaeologists in preserving the unique monument. It is worth noting that the center of Sofia is replete with ancient monuments and unique archaeological finds of different ages. Among the most striking monuments is the church of St. George located near the Presidential Palace. This church is considered to be the oldest monument in Sofia. It was built in the 4 century AD. Particularly important landmarks of Sofia also include the ruins of the Palace of the Byzantine Emperor Constantine the Great, which are located under a glass dome in the vicinity of Sheraton - one of the best hotels in Sofia. The authorities of Sofia in the near future plan to actively develop the historic brand of the capital of Bulgaria. The city administration plans to restore the structure and appearance of the streets in the city center in the form they existed in the era of the Roman Empire, when Sofia was a Roman colony and was named Serdica.