Dozens of square metres of mosaic flooring from Plovdiv’s Great Basilica already restored
Restoration work on mosaic flooring from the site of Plovdiv’s Great Basilica archaeological site continued throughout this past winter, to meet a deadline for completion in 2018.
When the task is complete, a total of more than 2000 square metres of mosaic will have been restored by a team headed by Elena Kantareva.
The mosaics are richly decorated with various birds and plants, and after careful restoration and cleaning are more beautiful than ever. The colours of each pebble stand out clearly, and the forms they represent are a true work of art.
The aim is for the Great Basilica project to be completed, for the exhibition of the archaeological finds, by 2019 when Plovdiv will be European Capital of Culture.
Plovdiv was known in the West for most of its recorded history by its Greek name Philippopolis as Philip II of Macedon conquered it in the 4th century BC and gave his name to it.
Source: The Sofia Globe [April 22, 2017]