Ancient Thrace: Myth And Reality
13th INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF THRACOLOGY
September 3-7, 2017, Kazanlak, Bulgaria
Iskra Museum of History in Kazanlak was created on June 29, 1901, as Antiquities and Arts Museum, under the motto: “To collect and preserve whatever antiquities and arts in the town and its surroundings.”
The exhibitions and the depositories of the Museum hose more than 50,000 items, distributed into nine sections: Prehistory, Classical Antiquity, Middle Ages, Modern History, Contemporary History, Ethnography, Kazanlak Rose, and History of the Musical Culture.
Iskra Museum manages several exhibitions and sites: the permanent exhibition in the Museum’s main building, the Rose Museum, an Ethnographic Complex, Kazanlak Tomb (one of the Bulgarian sites in UNESCO’s World Heritage), and five more tombs that are open for visits in the so-called “Valley of Thracian Rulers”.
The permanent exhibition is organized in several levels that put on display the most representative and valuable items from all nine sections. Several accents could be emphasized: prehistoric bone sickles; the finds from the Thracian city of Seuthopolis and the Thracian tombs; medieval weapons; exhibits related to the struggles for independent Bulgarian Church and Bulgarian Education during the Bulgarian Renaissance; folk costumes and adornments from Kazanlak region; exhibits from the period of the Russo-Turkish War in 1877-1878 and the wars for national unification; materials related to various production activities in Kazanlak in the early 20th c.
The Multimedia Auditorium of the Museum houses various public and scientific venues (conferences, book presentations, etc.), and temporary exhibitions are organized with artifacts from the depositories or exhibits from other museums in Bulgaria.
For a decade already, the Museum has been organizing scholarly conferences under the title Problems and Studies of Thracian Culture, and eight volumes were published with the proceedings.