Location of the initiative:
BULGARIA - 1000 Sofia
Relation to Strategy 21 Recommendations:
D9 - Use innovative techniques to present cultural heritage to the public, while preserving its integrity
Time span of the initiative:
Brief description of the initiative:
The following main activities were implemented for the development of the Ancient "Serdica" archaeological complex: architectural and construction works – infrastructure of the underground and the open spaces, architectural design of the interior, park and landscape design, tourist information facilities.On the basis of a technical project and in order to finish the design of the underground and the surface areas of the two sections, depending on the location and volume of excavated artifacts, a special project was developed for the architectural design of the interior and the surrounding area over the site as well as the infrastructure needed for the cultural monument. Given these facts the respective fortifying and supporting structures were built and thus two main separate spaces were created: an upper level with a square and a functioning pedestrian zone and an archaeological level. The first zone was formed as a central square for holding cultural events outdoors. The archaeological level was designed for archaeological exhibitions. Adjacent to the two main spaces, visitor facilities and premises were constructed. The conservation and restoration works were carried out for exhibiting the archaeological remains, in order to have an objective presentation and to achieve the necessary effect and to attract a wide range of visitors.
Objectives of the initiative:
The main objective of the project is through the restoration and adaptation of the archaeological valuables and their surrounding area to link the new with the existing structures within the modern city; to emphasize the archaeological potential of the area and to create a public space of national and local importance, having modern cultural and communication functions, linked with the historical context of the territory.
Brief assessment of the initiative’s results:
A very good integration of ancient archaeological structures in the modern urban environment is achieved. Some of the structures are exposed in indoor spaces, including the metro, and one part is exhibited outdoors. The realization of the project provoked great interest from the citizens, tourists and specialists in the field of heritage conservation. The location of the site in the city center makes it easily accessible and of national importance. There is access for people with special needs. The objective of creating a modern public space is fulfilled and the connection with the historical context of the site is preserved.
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria
17, "Al. Stamboliiski" Blvd.