The Thracian tomb by Mezek village

The Thracian tomb by Mezek village was revealed in 1931 and is considered to be one of the most significant findings in ancient Thrace. Built in IV c. B.C., it is considered the biggest and best preserved tomb from this period. The imposing architecture of the tomb is constructed entirely without mortar - the big stone blocks are connected with each other by iron and oak brackets. The upper part of the tomb is covered by a 15-metre high mound. Its total length is approximately 30 m, the corridor is 21 m long, 1.6 m wide and 2,4-2,6 high. From the corridor you pass into rectangular atria one after another and after them in a round burial chamber with hive-shaped dome, stone sarcophagus and two stone troughs (urns). It is believed that members of the Thracian aristocracy were buried in the tomb. A number of objects of gold, silver, bronze, iron, glass, tiles and clay dating back to IV-III century B. C. bespeak this. Most of these articles are in the National Archaeological Institute with museum, BAS in Sofia and some are in the Historical museum in Haskovo.

The Thracian tomb by Mezek village is located in the Southeast part of Bulgaria not far from the town of Svilengrad (12 km). The small village of Mezek is very close to the national border with Greece and at the foot of the eastern slopes of the Rhodope mounatain. If you are coming from Svilengrad once you get in the village look for the first left turn. Follow the road and you will get to the tomb.