History of Bulgarian National Institute of Archaeology with Museum
Bulgarian National Institute of Archaeology with Museum (Национален археологически институт с музей) is located in the center of the city of Sofia. The museum occupies one of the oldest and the largest preserved buildings from the age of the Ottoman Dominion – Büyük Mosque. The mosque is built in the 15th century under the rule of Mehmed II. During the Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878) the abandoned mosque was turned into a hospital and later into a library. The mosque houses the National Institute of Archaeology with Museum since its establishment in 1892. The museum was officially opened in 1905.
The Bulgarian National Institute of Archaeology with Museum has 4 halls, located on two floors.
Central hall – the exhibited artifacts in the hall date from the Late Bronze Age to the Late Middle Ages. There is a great variety of items from different cultures, which inhabited the region of Southeastern Europe (Thracian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Bulgarian and Ottoman).
Middle Ages Hall – the hall is located on the second floor and contains drawings, Christian icons and medieval books. On the way to the second floor, you will pass along a magnificent replica of the Madara Rider (Мадарски конник). The original one is situated 16km east of Shumen. It represents a unique 23m rock relief of a horseman, located on a vertical 100m high cliff. The Madara Rider dates back to 7th – 8th century A.D.
Vault – in this hall you will find treasures from the late Bronze Age to late Antiquity. The famous Valchitran and Lukovit treasures are displayed here.
Prehistory Hall – the collection contains items dating between 1 600 000 B.C. and 1 600 B.C. Here you can see tools, pottery, ritual objects and various findings from caves in the territory of Bulgaria.
Address: 2 Saborna Str, 1000 Sofia
Access: Metro station Serdika (Сердика) – line 1,2
From May to October
Every day: 10:00 AM – 06:00 PM
From November to April
From Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Admission: 10 BGN (~5 EUR, ~6 USD)
Web site: http://naim.bg/en/home/
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