The oldest gold treasure in the world

About the discovery

In the autumn of 1972, while laying an underground electric cable in the western industrial zone of Varna, the excavator operator Raycho Marinov came across a group of metal articles and flint tools. He collected the finds and handed them over to the museum in the town of Dalgopol. The local authorities in Varna were informed about the find and at the end of October the articles were collected by associates of Varna Museum.

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About the discovery

Varna - the Guardian City of the Oldest Gold

The history of Varna's gold treasure is not shrouded in mystery and legend; it was not sought after by anyone, no one even suspected its existence. The reason for this is its immense remoteness in time.  The time line has stopped for the gold and the people buried with it more than 6,000 years ago. For all those years it has laid untouched beside the bones of its owners near the harbour area in the Varna Lake region.

Varna - the Guardian City of the Oldest Gold

The Varna Chalcolithic Necropolis

Did you know that the oldest processed gold in the world was found in Varna? Gold ornaments produced as early as 4600- 4200 BC, were found in the Varna necropolis in 1972. The Varna necropolis soon turned into a sensational scientific find, the significance of which surpasses largely the limits of the ancient history of contemporary Bulgaria. As a result of the researches, 294 tombs have been found by now. The golden objects alone, found in the examined tombs, are more than 3 000, and have a total weight of more than 6 kilograms, and their diversity is significant – more than 38 different types. The official year-round exhibition is in Varna Archaeological Museum, where besides the treasure, one can go back in time to the the Hellenistic, Roman and Late Antique epoch....

The Varna Chalcolithic Necropolis

Sights in Varna

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The "Dormition of the Mother of God" Cathedral

Located in the heart of Varna The Cathedral has become one of the landmarks of the city. It is situated on “St. Cyril and St. Methodius” square in the center of the city. 

Small (south) Roman Thermae (3rd and 6th century AD)

Small (south) Roman Thermae (3rd and 6th century AD)

Small Roman Thermae are located in the southeastern part of today’s Varna, further south of the Large Roman Thermae.

Stone Forest

Stone Forest

Pobiti kamani (The Stone Forest) is a natural phenomenon situated some 18km to the west of Varna. The sight have long fascinated scholars whose numerous theories and hypotheses still fail to offer a satisfactory explanation of how it all happened. 

Traveller information

Public transport in Varna

Comfortable, safe and affordable to Varna’s sights: use the extensive network of city buses and trolleys. You can find out about public transport fares, schedules and contact information here.

Public transport in Varna

Car parks

There are plenty of car parks available in all of Varna’s districts, where you can park cheaply and quickly get to your sightseeing destination. Find further information here: Municipal enterprise "Municipal Car Parks and Blue Zone" Telephone: +359 (0) 70 070 352 www.varnaparking.bg

Car parks

Blue Zone

In streets, squares and car parks – municipal property, in specially designated places a payment parking system “Business subscription” on business days from 9:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m. is an active paid parking system “BLUE ZONE”. Municipal enterprise "Municipal Car Parks and Blue Zone" Telephone: +359 (0) 70 070 352 www.varnaparking.bg

Blue Zone

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