The complex of early Christian basilicas and ancient buildings in Plovdiv, which show the mosaic heritage of Ancient Philippopolis, became part of the Hundred National Tourist Sites.

At the last meeting of the coordination council for the "Know Bulgaria" movement, a total of 7 new sites were approved, most of them in southern Bulgaria.

A survey of tourists' attitudes shows that the most preferred are museums and galleries where visitors find a combination of the past and modern technologies.

One of the successful examples in this regard is the complex of basilicas in Plovdiv, which shows the mosaic heritage of Ancient Philippopolis.

Thus, the Great Early Christian Basilica and the ancient Irini building are now part of the hundred national tourist sites.

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"Especially here we have over 2,000 square meters of mosaic, which is located on its original basis, that is, in place, and it requires continuous maintenance," said Prof. Dr. Elena Kantareva-Decheva, director of OI "Ancient Plovdiv" .

Until now, only the Little Basilica of Plovdiv was part of the "Know Bulgaria" movement, whose followers collect stamps in their tourist books.

"Plovdiv, as the center of the province of Thrace, is a city that is saturated with such an immovable cultural heritage, and that is the mosaic heritage. From now on, it will be the beginning of defining a thematic cultural route, which will start from the Irini Ancient Building, the Episcopal Basilica of Philipopol and the Small Basilica," explained Dimitar Stanchev, restorer and director of the "Preservation of Immovable Cultural Heritage" department.

The new route will become a reality in April, when the emergency works and the restoration of the mosaics in the Irini building are expected to be completed.

"The good thing about this serial object is precisely that the cultural heritage goes hand in hand with modern technologies... People have the visual," said Vangel Iliev, tour guide.

Among the other new places that are already part of the Hundred Sites are the National Observatory on Mount Rozhen, the History Museum in Strelcha and the Museum of the Rhodope Karst in Chepelare.

Hristo Ivanov, tourist in Chepelare: "All tourists should visit the museum because it is the only one in Bulgaria and beyond."

Nevena Milanova, tourist in Chepelare: "We saw quite interesting things at the beginning. We are here on vacation and for a walk."

The museum in Chepelare clearly and richly displays the cave work in the region.

Among the finds on display are cave bear bones.

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