The archaeological excavations of Rusokastro fortress have revealed an extremely rare and elite find. A two-sided icon of ivory was found, with a facial image of Archangel Gabriel and St. Basil the Great. On the reverse side are depicted two crosses - the cross and the procession. The images are part of the Annunciation scene.
Essentially, the find is a triptych wing. It was threefold and was used as a mobile altar.
The holly object was made in the 10th century in Constantinople upon the order of one of the Byzantine emperors or a member of the imperial family. Only they had the opportunity to receive the extraordinarily expensive middle-aged ivory, which then was valued more than gold.
Worldwide, no more than 15 similar finds were found during archaeological excavations. Only one similar object was found in Bulgaria at the royal citadel of Trapezitsa in Veliko Tarnovo. It was discovered by the French archaeologist Georges Sierre in the early 20th century and is a fragment of an ivory icon depicting the Assumption.
Findings of such an elite class are stored in the world's largest museums such as the Louvre, the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, and now the Regional historical Museum in Burgas. Their rarity is due to the fact that they were made only for the needs of the Byzantine emperors and their closest family circle. Today, such finds are stored in some ecclesiastical treasures in Western Europe, where they have arrived after the Fourth Crusade. Then the knights captured Constantinople, plundered the Byzantine imperial treasury in which such ivory articles were kept. Later they donate them to some of the cathedrals in the major Western European cities.
The excavations of the Rusokastro fortress are carried out by team from Regional historical Museum Burgas under the archaeologist Milen Nikolov. They are financed by the Municipality of Kameno, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria and National Museum of History.
On August 1 (Tuesday), at 19.30 the music fans in Burgas will have the opportunity to become part of the unique art project "Jazz in the Museum". Especially for them, Angel Zabersky Trio arrives with the concert "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea".
The famous musicians - Angel Zaberski (piano), Stoyan Yankulov - Stundji (percussion) and Boris Taslev (double bass) will perform pieces from their second album, which features famous operas and plays in a contemporary jazz version. The composer Angel Zabersky has managed to preserve the author's ideas and melodies so that they are easily recognized by the audience but at the same time interprets them with a sense of freedom and ample, typical of jazz. The music of the album Like Jazz reminds of late romanticism, even with impressionistic notes. The appearance of the three musicians is maximally revived, precisely in order for the melody to be deprived of aggression or unnecessary display, and to read the romance in it.
As a stage for this unusual musical evening was chosen the most cozy green spot in the middle of Burgas - the yard of the Ethnographic Museum (69 Slavyanska St.). The concert will be free of charge, yet the jazz lovers will have the opportunity to contribute to a noble cause. All gathered donations from the evening will go for the restoration of two valuable music instruments from the collections of Burgas cultural institutions. One is the grand piano of Burgas Art Gallery "Petko Zadgorski", which for years needs a serious repair and the second is a piano owned by the Regional Library "P. Yavorov".
Organizers of the project "Jazz in the Museum" in the sea town are Association "Cause Culture" and Regional historical museum Burgas with the support of Regional Library "P. Yavorov".
A project of Department Ethnography in Regional historical museum Burgas was approved for funding by the Cultural Heritage Program - sub-program "Intangible Cultural Heritage", which is part of the Bulgarian National Culture Fund. The idea of the museum specialists bears the interesting title "Old fishermen looking for online apprentices" and connects two very different worlds - the vast sea and knitted nets with digital information and the World Wide Web.
For this purpose digital video lessons will be created, which will enable the popularization of fishing practices from the Bulgarian Black Sea coast among people from all over the world. They will also become a bridge between fishing communities from different parts of Europe, struggling to preserve the craft. With the help of modern transmission and visualization technologies, it will create the basis for preserving authentic fishing practices and passing them on to young people.
A year ago the application of RHM Burgas "Knitting fishing tackles: a millennial craft from the Burgas Bay" was registered as an element in the National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage Elements of the Bulgaria Ministry of Culture. With this, the Burgas Museum and NGO "Morski sgovor" have committed themselves to preserving and promoting the traditional craft from fishermen village Chengene Skele. In search of ways to do this, the museum specialists have found that the most accessible and sustainable way for preserving knowledge about the craft subtleties in our days is by digitization (creating video lessons). This will not only attract the attention of young people from the Digital Age, but will also give access to authentic fishing, which often remains too far from modern technology.
During the excavations of the Rusokastro Fortress, a rare golden coin was discovered by the Byzantine Emperor Phocas. It has a weight of 4.5 grams.
Emperor Phocas ruled from 602 to 610 AD. He was at the head of a rebellion by which Emperor Maurikius, who was murdered with his sons, was overthrown. Phocas ruled the Byzantine Empire in a particularly despotic way, which quickly sets a large part of society against him. In the army, he was a regular centurion, which further created anger over his rule. In a final account, in 608 AD, Carthage broke out against the emperor, which proved to be successful. The leader of the rebellion, the future emperor Heraclius, personally decapitates Phocas and was crowned Byzantine basil.
The first construction of fortress walls on the rocky hill at Rusokastro is in the 6th century. The discovery of the coin shows that the fortress was actively functioning until the beginning of the 7th century. It was re-settled by Bulgarian population in the 9th century. During the first half of the 13th century, new fortified walls and towers were built probably under the rule of Tsar Ivan Asen II. Its area covers 52 dekars, making it the largest medieval fortress in South Bulgaria similar to Tsarevets, Trapezitsa, Cherven, Kaliakra. The retained walls are more than 5 meters high.
The fortress is studied by a team of Regional historical museum Burgas, led by Milen Nikolov and Dorothea Gjurzijska. In the current campaign, the citadel of the fortress is being revealed, with the aim to proceed with its conservation, restoration and socialization.
The excavations are funded by the Municipality of Kameno, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria and the National Museum of History.
Once again some of the most beautiful butterflies in the world will be shown in Burgas. The exhibition opens at 11.00 on July 3, 2017, Monday, in the round-hall of Expo Center Flora, and will stay there until the end of August with working hours - every day from 9.00 to 20.00. Organizers of the exhibition are the Regional historical museum Burgas and the Municipality of Burgas.
The exhibition hall will be transformed into a tropical place where the butterflies will fly freely. The temperature and air humidity in the room will be maintained at the required levels to recreate the natural environment of butterflies.
The first pupae of impressive species have already arrived in Flora. The new point this year is that different moths (night butterflies) will arrive each week.
The specialists from the Natural-History Museum have prepared a special booklet in full colour print, from which everyone can learn more about the life of the beautiful insects. It is titled "For the Butterflies, briefly" and will be sold at a price of 4 BGN at Expo Center Flora.
Mark this unique exhibition as a must-stop for your summer adventures and do not miss the opportunity to seal the photo with the wonderful species!
The restorer of the Regional Historical Museum in Burgas - Ivan Arabadzhiev already sits behind a new professional potter wheel. It was donated for the needs of the museum by the company "Ceramica Style BG" EOOD, which deals with the production and trade of decorative and souvenir ceramics.
Anyone who believes in the magic of the sun and the enchanting herbs, is welcome in the yard of the Ethnographic Museum on st. John's day (June 24, Saturday) at 11:00 am and pass through the Enyo's wreath for health and happiness!
From 16th to 18th of June, Regional historical Museum Burgas took part in the first edition of the museum souvenir fair in Ethnographic Open-air Museum "Etar" - Gabrovo.
RHM Burgas presented itself with own stand and the visitors of Ethnographic Open-air Museum "Etar" had the opportunity to see and buy unique souvenirs from the Burgas museums.
The most interesting for the visitors were the museum replicas of various ancient coins, as well as the cards of old Burgas.
On June 16 (Friday), in the central hall of the Archaeological Exposition of the Regional Historical Museum Burgas (21 Bogoridi St.), an initial press conference was held on the project "Common Cultural Heritage beyond Borders - TOGETHER" CB0005.1.21.139, financed under the Cross-Border Cooperation Program Interreg-IPA Bulgaria - Turkey 2014-2020.
The project aims to improve the capacity in the field of culture and tourism in the cross-border region through 2 major investments in two key tourist sites - Aquae Calidea and Rock Monastery of St. Nicholas - Kiköy. The activities aim to improve the tourist attractiveness, easy access and popularization by introducing modern information and communication technologies; Improving the public awareness of the common cultural and historical heritage by presenting two major cultural heritage sites on both sides of the border bearing a common history.
The total budget of the project is 486,735.54 EUR, of which 256,135.91 EUR is for the activities of the leading partner Regional Historical Museum Burgas and 230,599.64 EUR for the Culture and Tourism Directorate in Kirklareli (Turkey).
Most of the costs for both partners will be for investment work on the sites - restoration and conservation of the archaeological remains in Aquae Calidae - almost 180,000 Euros and the Turkish side will invest 200,000 Euros for the construction of a 1 km road with adjacent communications and lighting to the royal monastery of St. Nicholas. Tender procedures are currently underway, and procurements will be closed in early July. The implementation time of the project is 24 months, of which 12 months are for the investment activities.
In the second year of the project, a scientific conference will be held in Aquae Calidae to summarize the results of the studies so far. The scientific papers will be gathered in a luxury edition in Bulgarian, Turkish and English.
On 16th of June (Friday) 2017 at 11:00 in the central hall of the Archaeological Exposition of Regional Historical Museum Burgas (21 Bogoridi St.) there will be an initial press conference on the project "TOGETHER - Common cultural and historical heritage beyond the borders" Financed under the Interreg-IPA Bulgaria - Turkey Cross Border Cooperation Program 2014-2020.
The project aims to improve the capacity in the field of culture and tourism in the cross-border region through 2 major investments in two key tourist sites - Aquae Calide - Therma and Rock Monastery of St. Nicholas - Kiköy. The activities aim improve tourist attractiveness, easy access and popularization by introducing modern information and communication technologies; Improving public awareness of the common cultural and historical heritage by presenting two major cultural heritage sites on both sides of the border bearing a common history.