The biggest early Christian basilica on the Balkan Peninsula – the Great Basilica in Plovdiv will be included in the sites recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage in Bulgaria, announced the hosts of the VII-th International Meeting on Tourism, which opened today in Plovdiv.
Plovdiv is not just an old city, its a really really old city – people started living in the theritory of modern day plovdiv 6 000 years before christ!
So its not so surprising that just last week archeologists found a real `city of bones`
More than 33 skeletons were found and 130 coins that are being studied right now in order to date the bodies.
Some of the coins are Roman, others date to the 17 or 18 century and others are unlike any other coin that has been discovered before.
This is unusual becauase it was common for the family of the deceased to put coins on the eyes of the dead,
thus giving them money to pay for the passage in to the underworld. However in this case the relatives
apparently threw the coins into the open graves and this would explain why there are so many.
It is believed that this necropolis is Christian because the heads point to the west and the feet point to the east which was the Christian tradition in those days