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Bulgarian Archaeologists Hope to Find Constantine's Palace
Novanite ^ | Tuesday, June 22, 2010 | unattributed

Posted on 06/25/2010 6:58:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

A large ancient building located under the St. Nedelya Cathedral in downtown Sofia might turn out to be a palace of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, according to Bulgarian archaeologists.

The building might also turn out to be the ancient thermae, or public baths of the ancient Roman city of Serdica, today's Sofia, according to architect Konstantin Peev, head of the EKSA company, which is helping the Sofia Municipality with the excavation and restoration of the archaeological heritage of the Bulgarian capital.

The excavations at the Sofia Largo and the so called Metro Station 2-8 next to the Tzum retail store were made necessary by the construction of the second line of the Sofia Metro.

According to Peev, the bouleuterion of the city of Serdica was located under the northwestern corner of today's building of the Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan. The bouleuterion was a small amphitheater-like building which housed the council of the citizens in the Antiquity period. The Serdica bouleuterion had a diameter of about 20 meters.

Peev also said that the archeaological excavations in the spring of 2010 have so far revealed a number of Roman insula, i.e. homes closed off among four streets.

He pointed out that the archaeologists have revealed the main streets of the Roman city of Serdica -- the main street, decumanus maximus, connecting the Eastern and Western Gates, was wide about 7-8 meters and paved with huge pave stones. The cardo, the secondary street, went in the north-south direction.

Architect Peev stated that the municipality and the Culture Ministry were currently considering various options for conserving and displaying the archeaological heritage of Sofia.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: bulgaria; constantine; godsgravesglyphs; romanempire
The construction of the Sofia Metro has revealed more of the archaeological heritage of the Bulgarian capital. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian Archaeologists Hope to Find Constantines Palace

1 posted on 06/25/2010 6:58:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 06/25/2010 6:59:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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"ἐν τούτῳ νίκα"

en touto nika

With this sign, conquer!

Saint Constantine - one of the greatest men who ever lived.

3 posted on 06/26/2010 8:58:12 AM PDT by eleni121 (But now, he that has a moneybag take it; without a sword let him sell his garment, and buy one.)
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