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Pieces of gold, silver and bronze carefully worked will be exhibited in the Louvre Museum in an exhibition on Thracian culture that will be open until July 20. The Thracians lived on the Balkan Peninsula between the 2nd millennium BC. and the 3rd century AD.
There are still many undisclosed stories of this refined civilization whose citizens include Orpheus, the mythical son of a Thracian king, or the legendary spartacus, who starred in an uprising against the Romans.
For a long time, Bulgaria has been teaching the treasures of the Thracian civilization in numerous museums around the world and now it is the turn of the imposing Louvre.
François Gaultier, director of the Department of Greek, Roman and Etruscan Antiquities, explains that this is not just another exhibition to see precious metals, but rather offers the public the possibility of knowing more about this culture. In addition to being able to observe the impressive merchandise and objects, the exhibition allows to know the way of life of the Thracians showing the tools they used to make their objects.
The exhibition offers the possibility of seeing for the first time the exact replicas of four Thracian tombs from central Bulgaria, one of them contains the bronze head of King Seuthes III whose eyes made of alabaster and crystal give a look of liveliness to the sculpted face of the king. In addition, this exhibition aims to present a synthesis of the History of the kingdom of Odrysa, a union of Thracian peoples between the years 478 to 278 BC. and show the importance of the Thracian people, since they were as important as the Greeks, Macedonians or Romans.
This exhibition is a great opportunity for Bulgaria, to be able to show itself as one of the European nations with one of the richest cultural pasts on the continent. Minister Nikolina Angelkova has further announced that the Louvre exhibition will be beneficial in promoting cultural tourism in Bulgaria, as the country is best known for its winter resorts and Black Sea beaches.