Bulgarian Monuments Under UNESCO Protection

Date: 08 Oct. 2019 – 20 Oct. 2019

Museum: Svaneti Museum

The Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Georgia and the Georgian National Museum present an exhibition of "Bulgarian Monuments Under UNESCO Protection" at the Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography.

The exhibition "Bulgarian Monuments Under UNESCO Protection" is ­­a collection of 17 large-scale photographs of Bulgarian sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List, which are made by the prominent photographer Alexander Nishkov.

Visitors will have the opportunity to take a look at seven cultural and two natural sites in Bulgaria, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. They represent the rich historical and cultural heritage, as well as, diverse nature of Bulgaria.

The Boyana Church one of the symbols of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom in the age of growth of literature and high medieval culture that was the precursor of the European Renaissance. The church "St. Nikola and Panteleymon" is a medieval Bulgarian church with world famous paintings dating back to 11th and 12th century.

Photographs also include the large St. Archangel Michael monastery complex, founded around 1220 by monk Joakim, later to become the first Bulgarian patriarch, and the largest monastery in Bulgaria - the Rila monastery, which, beside its beauty, proved instrumental in preserving Bulgarian national identity and educating lots of generations throughout the centuries.

Examples of pre-Christian art include the Thracian tombs of Kazanlak and Sveshtari, both dating from the 3rd century BC. Another piece of art is the Madara Rider, which depicts a triumphant ruler, a symbol of the power of the Bulgarian state in the pagan period.

Part of the exhibition is dedicated to the Black sea town of Nessebar, which was founded more than three thousand years ago and later maintained active trade relations with cities such as Constantinople, Venice, Genoa, Pisa etc.

The natural sites, which the visitors will become acquainted with, include the Pirin National Park, which is part of the biosphere reserves under UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme, and the Sreburna Nature Reserve with its impressive and rich bird-watching potential, included in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance.

The opening event: October 8, 2019 | 11:00

Exhibition duration: October 8 - October 20, 2019

Venue: Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography. Mestia, 7 A. Ioseliani Street.