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Let us offer you
a route for your visit
in Stara Zagora

Time available

  • 2 hours
  • 4 hours
  • 6 hours
  • All day long

Use type of transport

  • Own car
  • Walking

"The Museum of Religions" Architectural Complex

A sacred place in the city centre

The Museum of Religions - an extraordinary and unique place of a kind in Bulgaria, a place where various deities have been worshiped for thousands of years, and the temples dedicated to them have been built up one on top of the other.

 

The oldest remains here are from a cult pit from the beginning of the Early Iron Age (10th – 9th century BC). Archaeological surveys also reveal a pagan sanctuary dedicated to the Thracian horseman (2nd – 3rd century) and the foundations of a medieval Christian cemetery church (late 10th – 13th century). All of them are kept in the interior of the museum. The best preserved one is the architecture of the Muslim temple, built in the early 15th century, known as the Eski Mosque and recognized as a national antiquity as early as 1927. Today the building is an architectural monument of national significance, and the meticulously painted frescoes are a cultural monument of national importance. 

The richness of beautiful ornaments and bright colours are a lasting testimony to the skills of the unknown Master Painter. He was supposed to be a Christian. During the restoration of the frescoe painting, almost invisible among the intricate tangle of ornaments,   landscapes, human figures  and a small church with a cross have been found. 

The Eski Mosque is the only public building survived after the city burned down during the Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878). Immediately after  the Liberation, it was used for Christian services and rituals while the destroyed churches in the city were rebuilt.

Guidance

Contacts

Website: https://www.rimstz.eu/
E-mail: rim@rimstz.eu
Curator: 0884 477 072
Request for a guide can be made at the Regional History Museum:
042 919 214

Working hours

Winter working hours:
Tuesday – Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
day off– Sunday and Monday

Summer working hours:
Tuesday – Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
day off – Monday

Tickets

Entrance fees:
Adults – BGN 3.00
school pupils and full-time students – BGN 1.00
Group visits from 10 and more people – BGN 4.00
Disadvantaged visitors – free of charge
Entrance fee for visitors with children:
Adults – BGN 1.00
Children above 7 – BGN 1.00
Children under 7 – free of charge
Lectures:
Lecture in Bulgarian – BGN 10.00
Specialized (thematic) lecture – BGN 15.00
Lecture in English or Russian – BGN 20.00

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