This Thracian tomb was found by accident in 1944, during the WWII. It was build for an unknown Thracian king and his wife in 4-3 century B.C. The tomb was robbed in the ancient times already but because of its architecture and especially of its painting the Kazanluk tomb is included into the UNESCO Word's Heritage List.
The tomb is located within walking distance from the city centre. There is a copy of the original tomb. The original tomb can be visited up to 30 persons a day, so I'd recommend you to go there during the week ( the key is in the Ethnographical museum, so go there first). The copy is opened for visitors 9-18h, entrance fee: 3lv, a tax for taking pictures: 5lv. The entrance fee for the original: 20lv.
Chudomir (real name: Dimiter Chorbadzhijski) is one of the best Bulgarian writers and paiters. Even if you are not able to read in Bulgaian you still may enjoy his paintings.
Chudomir was born in the village of Turia, Stara Zagora district on March, the 25th, 1890. He attended a high school in Stara Zagora, and then without the support of his father, the Art School in Sofia. He was soldier in the first WW and the Balkan War. In the period 1920-1933 he was working as a teacher in painting in Kazanluk. He worked as a director of the Historical Museum in Kazanluk and was a chief of the board of the cultural club 'Iskra'.
His short stories and feuilleton are extremelly colourful and funny and were illustrated by himself.
You may find some short stories (in Bulgarian) here
and also some of his paintings.
working time: Mo-Fr: 9-17:30; to visit it at the weekend an appointment in advance is needed
admission fee: 2lv
Do not miss the opportunity to visit the Archeological Museum and the Art Gallery located in one and the same building.
Tthere are some archeological finds from the Kazanluk area starting from the neolithis.
The most impressive exposition is the one with the finds of Seuthopolis - the antient Thracian city (on the place of today's Kazanluk) and from some of the toms in the Valley of the Thracian kings. (the original of the mask on the picture is exhibited in the Archeological Museum in Sofia, but there are other finds worth seeing in the local museum of history in Kazanluk).
there are a lot of works of Bulgarian artists and icons from 17-19th century exhibited there.
The Thracian tomb is the most prominent of Kazanluk's sights. It was built in the 4th century BC for a Thracian ruler and is now a Unesco World Heritage Site. What makes is so unique compared other Thracian tombs are the beautiful murals which decorate the burial chamber.
A few metres from the original tomb is a one to one copy and a small museum for those who don't want to pay the 20 BGN entrance to the original. I must admit that I also just had a look at the copy for 3 BGN.
Both places are open daily from 10am to 5pm. If you want to visit the original ask at the museum should it be closed.
The former house of Hadgi Eno - actually there are two houses - the first one gives an idea of the life in the city, the second one - in the village, in the 19th century. The architecture and the house arrangement are typical for the sub-balkan region.
Here you may try jam of roses.
Food and drinks are also offered.
Working time: 9-17; in winter - an appointment in advance is needed.
Shipka Pass is a 1306m high pass over the Stara Planina mountains, about half an hour drive by bus from Kazanluk. It is a very important place for Bulgarian history. Four battles between Russian/Bulgarian troops and the Ottoman army took place here, killing thousands on both sides and resulting in success for the Russian/Bulgarian army. To commemorate those lost during the battle a monument was built on top of Mt. Stoletov (named after one of the Russian commanders) next to the pass.
You can go up the monument which houses an exhibition of paintings, medals, uniforms etc about the battles for 2 BGN.
Views from top of the monument are fantastic too!
Shipka is a picturesque little village about 13 km from Kazanluk. The main sight here is the Nativity Memorial Church which was completed in 1902 and dedicated to the victims of the battles at Shipka Pass. The Church has been built in Russian style and you can see the golden domes from far away. The crypt holds the remains of many Russian soldiers who lost theirs lifes during the liberation war.
Opening times: 8.30am-7pm.
The park Tjulbeto is situated on a hill nearby Kazanluk. It is a silent and calm place. There is the most famous Thracian tomb in Bulgaria.
On foot (20-25 min): from the railstation walk straightforward on "Rozova dolina" street. Cross the central square and go along "Iskra" street (there is the Info point). In the end of the street you will see a church. When you get to the church and you can see the big white House of culture, turn right and walk 5-6 min to the hill "Tjulbeto". Go upstairs and you'll see the original Thracian tomb. It is possible for groups to enter inside. Otherwise you have to enter the replica- just ask someone where is The replica (in Bulgarian- "kopie").
There's no direct transportation to the tomb!
This is a monastery in 17-th century russian style. You can enjoy the calm nature there. There are bulgarian and russian icons inside the monastery. There is bone-vault of The fallen in the war against the turks warriors.
The Kulata Enthnographical Complex consists of two typical Bulgarian houses from the Revival period. They belonged to rose oil producers and you can also see some tools under a shed. The surrounding gardens are very beautiful very looked after.
At the end of your visit you have got the chance to to sample some rose jam and liquor (far too sweet for me).
Opening times: 8am-12pm, 1pm-6pm
Admission is 3 BGN
The native house of Dechko Uzunov (1899 – 1986) - one of the biggest Bulgarian painters. A lot of his works are exhibited there.
To have a look at some of his works, please click here.
the native house of the Bulgarian painter Nenko Balkanski(1907-1977) turned into a museum. Some of his work are exhibited there.
Here you may see a work of him. Another link
Working hours: Mo-Fr: 9-17h
Kazanluk is famous in Bulgaria and abroad as centre of The Valley of Roses. There is cultivation of roses. In every first weekend of June Kazanluk in the town caries out The Festival of Roses- it's very colourful and cheerful. During The festival there are masquerade, art performances, exhibitions, the competition Miss Rose.
7-TH AND 8 -TH OF JUNE 2008
It's worth visiting the replica of The Thracian tomb (they don't allow anybody to visit the original tomb). There are many mural paintings dated from 4. century BC. The entrance fee is (4 leva (2 euro). There are souvenirs, post cards, attar of roses (rose oil).
In the countryside called Buzludza in 1891 was carried out the first meeting of Bulgarian social-democratic party. On the peak (see the photo) after 1944 was built a Monument. Now it's abandoned and nobody could enter in. You can travel 20 km by car to the countryside and see The Monument from the outside.