The Hagia Sophia church in Sofia, Bulgaria dates back to the 6th Century BC. In the 14th Century BC, the church gave it’s name to the city of Sofia, which was originally called Sredets and Serdika. The Sofia News Agency reports of a Christian tomb now open to the public.
The tomb is situated in front of the city’s ancient “Saint Sofia” basilica. It has been discovered during repair works in the 80ies and it dates back to the 4th century AD. A total of BGN 140 000 has been spent by the Sofia municipality for restoration works on the tomb, Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova has said, as cited by the 24 chasa daily.
“An inscription found in the tomb suggests it was dedicated to Honorius. We suppose he was a person of gentle birth and probably a clergyman,” Todor Chobanov, Bulgarian Deputy Culture Minister, has revealed.
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Cars zoom by on the boulevards overhead as work progresses on expanding the subway underneath – and in between a full-fledged Roman city has emerged right in the heart of the Bulgarian capital.
Archaeologists have little by little unearthed well-preserved stretches of cobbled Roman streets, a public bath, the ruins of a dignitary’s house and the curved wall of an early Christian basilica, all dating back to the 4th century AD.
If all goes well, the ruins will be fashioned into a vast underground museum due to open to the public in late 2012.
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Story by Diana Simeonova – AFP; Photo by Nikolay Doychinov – AFP