A late-Antiquity tomb will be elevated to the ground level of Moskovska street with a replica – Stroitel newspaper, Nov 9, 2018.2018
Unique murals with early-Christian frescos will be
copied on an arch with glass cover
The ideas for exhibiting the
artefact, as well as the findings of archeologists and restoration specialists,
were presented at the Sofia History Museum by Mr. Peev, dipl. Architect and
chief designer of the conservation, restoration and socialization of the
ancient tomb, by Yunian Meshekov, leader of the archeological research group,
and Todor Chobanov, PhD – Sofia’s vice-mayor for Culture, education, sports and
A replica will show to Sofia’s
inhabitants and its visitors the contents of the ancient tomb (5th-6th
century A.D.) at Moskovska street. After the end of the archeological study and
under the recommendation of the Ministry of Culture, EKSA’s team, led by
Konstantin Peev, dipl. Architect, has created a preliminary design for the
tomb’s conservation, restoration and socialization. Arch. Peev presented the
design for exhibiting the tomb at the Sofia History Museum.
The project designers propose the
creation of a replica on top of the original tomb. This is a tested method for
exhibiting ancient vestiges. For example, the Kazanlak tomb, a listed
historical building of global significance, is also exhibited through a copy.
Within the preliminary design the team has proposed the inclusion of a glass
window, looking out towards Saint Sofia church, through which one can see the
original façade of the site – its entrance, hid by two big stones – but won’t
be able to observe the murals inside. This is why a replica of the frescos will
be created, using a painting technique similar to those of Antiquity, and will
be positioned outside, on an arch, which will be built on top of the tomb.
The conservation process should start next
spring. The total value of the planned works should be between BGN 30,000 and
50,000, depending on the selected materials and implementation activities.