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Old August 7th, 2011, 02:12 AM   #21
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Amazing! I'd love to see that in person!
It should be ready at the end of 2012/beginning of 2013. You are welcomed to visit
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Old August 7th, 2011, 02:12 AM   #22
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Here is a map of downtown Sofia and the exposed/current/potential archaeological areas.

Red - potential
Yellow - current
Blue - Exposed

1. This area has proven archaeological remains. The building on the upper left side of the area is a market where the city have found remains underneath when the building was restored at the beginning of the 90s. The other building in this area is a mosque and some remains have been found next to it. There are no official statements for future digs.

2. The North-Eastern round tower complex. The area was dug out during the 70s but it greatly needs some renovations.

3. This is the area where the archaeological digs are currently done or will be within the upcoming months.

4. The Eastern Gate complex. The area can be seen in the first pictures in my first post.

5. Rotunda St. George complex. Learn more here

6. St. Nedelya square. This area has a lot of potential. The municipality has shown interest in starting digs soon and hopefully we will hear more within the upcoming months. The area is said to be the place where the governor of Serdica has his palace, so quite a few interesting things could pop out.

7. The Western Gate complex. The area was partially excavated several decades ago and some have been integrated within the newly build Catholic church (building in left side of the area), but still a lot could be dug out.

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Old August 14th, 2011, 12:25 AM   #23
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Old August 16th, 2011, 04:38 AM   #24
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An article from Agence France Presse

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Bulgaria subway expansion digs up Roman city



SOFIA — Cars zoom by on the boulevards overhead as work progresses on expanding the subway underneath -- and in between a full-fledged Roman city has emerged right in the heart of the Bulgarian capital.

Archaeologists have little by little unearthed well-preserved stretches of cobbled Roman streets, a public bath, the ruins of a dignitary's house and the curved wall of an early Christian basilica, all dating back to the 4th century AD.

If all goes well, the ruins will be fashioned into a vast underground museum due to open to the public in late 2012.

"We hope to close excavations in another month and a half to open a room for conservation and then open the complex by the autumn of 2012," excavations chief Mario Ivanov told AFP on a recent visit to the site.

Roman ruins have dotted the capital for ages. Among these are a fully-preserved round Roman church and the sunken remains of an emperor's palace in the courtyard of Sofia's stern-looking presidency -- an incongruous sight and a prime tourist attraction for years now.

The latest excavations are basically an extension of the earlier ones, and are exposing more and more of Ulpia Serdica, a Roman town -- and important crossing point between Europe and Asia for thousands of years -- that stretches right beneath the government quarter in downtown Sofia.


The digs picked up in the last year as the city started work on a new subway line, which is to include a major station planned right under the historical site.
Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova said drafts for the subway had to be adjusted four times as archaeologists -- unsure what to expect -- peeled away layers that exposed new treasures.

But the adjustments should be worth it.
"Sofia will have the most beautiful and state-of-the-art subway station in Europe with 1.9 hectares (204,500 square feet) of underground museum," she said.

The archaeological project was funded with 16 million leva (8 million euros, $11.6 million) from the European Union's regional development programme.

As work progressed, two boulevards covering the site were partly rebuilt on massive concrete crossbeams to allow archaeologists, working below, to expose a section of the stone-paved Decomanus Maximus, the main street in the Roman town.



A stretch of the underground ruins will also be visible from street level through a huge glass dome.

Bordering the Decomanus Maximus, archaeologists also uncovered the remains of what is believed to be the home of an important local dignitary, complete with inner courtyard and private bathhouse.

"Due to its central positioning and two seals found in the house, we presume it was the home of Leontius, one of the bishops of Ulpia Serdica," said archaeologist Ivanov.

The building next door was a Roman bath, probably patronised by the wealthier classes, complete with an intricate heating system underfoot, pink plaster floors and some 30 square metres of well-preserved Roman rosette mosaics.

Of more than just aesthetic value, these excavations also offer a glimpse into Bulgaria's ancient history.

Digging deeper at one spot, the archaeologists uncovered the ruins of a dried brick house from the mid-2nd century as well as well-preserved wooden parts of a Roman house from the 1st century.

A furnace with traces of glass on its charred surface could also indicate early glass making in the town, which until now was thought to have imported its glassware until after the 4th century, according to Ivanov.

"Once finished, the complex will be very beautiful and become a major tourist attraction," he predicted.

Visitors should be allowed to touch the ruins and "immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the ancient town: it's different from just looking at objects on display in a museum."

They might even do so on their way to catch the subway.
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Old August 31st, 2011, 11:26 PM   #25
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Here are renderings of how the Sveta Nedelya metro station will look like. There will be bulletproof glass showcases, where the currently excavated artifacts will be exhibited together with some artifacts excavated many years ago.




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some fresh updates

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Awesome!
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Old September 4th, 2011, 05:54 PM   #28
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As you can see they have started to renovate the mosaic, although still alot of work needs to be done.

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that is an astonishing project... imagine walking on streets, the romans walked on... surreal... and everything in sofia, bulgaria... surreal
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Indeed! They had been talking about this project since 2006, but I never really thought that it will be realized but the good thing is that the construction of the 2nd metro line really jump started the project. They lately presented some more plans about excavating other areas of the city center, hopefully we will not need to wait another 5 years before the digs start.
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that could "transform" the whole city... you could call it "little rome" then :-P

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part 2: (same source!)

look at all the walls of ancient buildings they uncover...





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Thanks for your input alex

Here are some more renders of the Sveta Nedelya metro station



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here's an update, showing the progress over a couple of days:

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