Visiting exhibition for the summer season from the National Museum of History in Sofia.
Presents the only copy of the world's largest early-Renaissance treasure known to date. It was discovered in 1799 in the small town of Nadsentmiklos in Banat, which is today in the westernmost part of Romania. The treasure is made of 23 golden vessels with extremely rich decoration and a total weight of nearly 10 kg. It is associated with the Proto-Bulgarian aristocracy, ruled Over-Danube Bulgaria in the 9th century, parts of present-day Romania and Western Hungary. According to another scientific theory, the treasure belonged to the rulers of the Avar Kaganate, which in the 9th century was destroyed by the Proto-Bulgarians of Khan Krum and by the Frankish ruler Karl the Great. The presented exhibits were made in Vienna at the beginning of the 20th century and were presented by the Austro-Hungarian Empire to the Bulgarian people. They are completely identical to the original objects.
The original of the treasure is owned by the Vienna Art Museum. For more than 200 years it had been only three times outside Austria - twice in Budapest and this year in Bulgaria. The originals are currently exhibited at NAIM-BAS.