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Tourism Center to Rise among Ancient Perperikon Remains

Source: Sofia News Agency (www.novinite.com)
Published Date: 19 May 2006

A tourism center will be constructed among the remains of the ancient Perperikon.

The project is in its final stage and within 20 to 25 days it will be approved by the European Commission, architect Mincho neychev, head of the Perperikon restoration project revealed.

Preliminary data shows the realization of the project would be worth EUR 2.8M to 3 M that would be allotted by the PHARE programme. The project would kick off January 1, 2007.

The tourism center would be situated at an area of 1,300 sq.m. and will boast two ground floors. The main exhibition hall would be situated on the first floor. There would also be a conference hall. The entire ancient city would be presented through special holographic methods.

The Fortress of Perperikon is located 20 km north-east of the city of Kurdzhali, south Bulgaria. The fortification, which was built in antiquity, had been continuously developed and reconstructed through the Middle Ages.

Latest excavations have confirmed the main version of archaeologists that Perperikon was largely worshipped sanctuary in Ancient times as the most important sanctuary of God Dionyssos.

In ancient Greek history the Perperikon sanctuary was as important as that of Apollo at Delphi.