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Sofia's 'restored' Roman complex at Serdika unveiled


The restored ancient Roman complex Serdika will be unveiled in the centre of the Bulgarian capital on Wednesday.

Sofia's 'restored' Roman complex at Serdika unveiled
Sofia's 'restored' Roman complex at Serdika unveiled
Sofia's 'restored' Roman complex at Serdika unveiled
Sofia's 'restored' Roman complex at Serdika unveiled
Sofia's 'restored' Roman complex at Serdika unveiled
Sofia's 'restored' Roman complex at Serdika unveiled
Sofia's 'restored' Roman complex at Serdika unveiled
Sofia's 'restored' Roman complex at Serdika unveiled
Bulgaria’s Cabinet and Sofia Municipality have opened the long-delayed open-air museum
 of the Ancient Roman city of Serdika, popularly known as the Sofia Largo project, 
which has been much criticized over the past 7-8 months because of the quality 
of the archaeological restorations [Credit: Archaeology in Bulgaria]
The restoration of the antique complex was funded with more than BGN 15 M allocated from the EU's Regional Development Operational Programme.

The funding for the project was secured by the culture ministry in 2011 during the first term in office of Culture Minister Vezhdi Rashidov.

Among the main attractions is the decumanus maximum, the main east-west road of the ancient city. The authentic pavement of the road has been preserved almost intact and visitors will be able to walk on it.

The area on Nezavisimost (Independence) square exhibits excavated archaeological structures, with special attention paid to the preserved flooring.

The area under Marie Louise boulevards is of museum nature and exhibits the completely studied, conserved and preserved archaeological remains.

The open-air archaeological area between Marie Louise boulevard and the Central Universal Department Store is divided in three levels exhibiting three quarters of ancient Serdika.

A stage for theatre plays, concerts and other events with ample number of seats for spectators is located under the glass dome covering the area between the buildings of the presidency and the Council of Ministers.

This space is to be used exclusively for cultural events, with the remains of Serdika to serve as background.

Source: Novinite [April 21, 2016]
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