International Training Seminar on the Preparation of Master Conservation Plans

In September 2023, the Kazanlak Municipality will host an international training seminar on preparing master conservation plans. During this one-week seminar, experts from the United States, Great Britain, and Bulgaria will teach professionals from Bulgarian, Western Balkan, and North African state institutions how to create a conservation plan using the Thracian Tombs in the so-called ‘Valley of the Thracian Kings’ as case studies.

Eight years ago, the Kazanlak Municipality applied for eight Thracian tombs from the Valley of the Thracian Kings, along with the Tomb of Kazanlak (UNESCO Heritage site), to be included in UNESCO’s tentative world heritage list. These nine tombs (Golyama Kosmatka, Ostrusha, Kran II, Golyama Arsenalka, and Shushmanets) are among the best preserved and representative examples of Thracian tomb architecture.

This project was proposed by the Balkan Heritage Foundation and agreed upon at a meeting on February 22nd in the Municipality by the Mayor of Kazanlak, Mrs. Galina Stoyanova, and representatives of BHF. UNESCO has generously agreed to fund the project.