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Saturday, 12 August 2000
The largest Thracian shrine was discovered near Plovdiv

Elica Dimitrova

The largest Thracian temple on the Balkan peninsula has been discovered by archaeologists from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences near the village of Starosel in the district of Plovdiv. A stone staircase and a 15-metre long and 6.25-metre wide corridor lead to the inner rooms. The side staircases which lead to the corridor were described as unique. According to the well-known archaeologist Georgi Kitov the temple consists of two chambers - a rectangular one 3.75 metres wide, and a round one with a diameter of around 6 metres.