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Panagyurishte

Panagyurishte
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Panagyurishte is a town in Pazardzhik Province, western Bulgaria. The town is situated in a small valley in Sashtinska Sredna Gora. It is about 90 kilometers east of Sofia and some 43 km north of Pazardzhik. Its name is from Greek origin and means a fair venue, but it became the symbol of the Bulgarian striving for freedom from the Ottoman rule. This is the home town of Rayna Knyaginia - a Bulgarian teacher and revolutionary famous for having sewn the flag of the April Uprising of 1876.

The town is also famous for the Panagyurishte golden treasure - it consists of nine utensils with rich decoration unearthed accidentally by three common workers in 1949. It is made of solid gold and weights 6.164 kg. The biggest utensil is an Amphora rhyton. Seven utensils are rhyta (horn-shaped), three are in the shape of animal heads, one is like front part of he-goat's body, three are like women's heads, and one is phial. It is dated to the last 3-4 decades of the 4th century B.C. It is most likely that the set was used for drinking wine in religious context or in everyday life, and some suggest it was probably used by mighty Thracian King Seuthus III. There is also an opinion, that it was designated for ritual purifying of a liquid, probably wine, by decanting from one utensil into another.

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Hotel M & S Burov
Hotel M & S Burov
Panagyurishte • Price per person: 10 - 12.5 EUR
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Hotel Kamengrad
Hotel Kamengrad
Panagyurishte • Price per person: 25 - 40 EUR
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