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Roman Thermae, Hisarya

The Roman baths in the town of Hisarya are one of the best preserved ancient Roman baths in Bulgaria. They date back to the end of the 2nd century AD and functioned until the end of the 3rd century. The baths are part of the ancient Roman city of Diocletianopolis, which was a popular destination for rest and healing because of its natural mineral springs.
The Baths were built during the reign of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who was famous for his campaign against Christian persecution. It is believed that the Baths were built as part of a larger complex that included a palace, theatre and other public buildings. The Thermae had an important social function in the life of the city, serving as a meeting and resting place.
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Ancient Roman town of Diocletianopolis

Diocletianopolis, also known as Hisarya, is an ancient Roman town located in central Bulgaria. The city was founded in 293 AD. It quickly became an important administrative centre and spa resort due to its numerous mineral springs. The urban plan of Diocletianopolis follows the traditional layout of Roman cities, with a rectangular shape and wide streets oriented in the four cardinal directions. Inside the city there were fortified walls with four gates. One of the most notable structures in Diocletianopolis is the massive fortress wall, which covers an area of about 180 acres. [...]
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Sitovo inscription

The Sitovo Inscription is a unique rock inscription found near the village of Sitovo, Plovdiv region, in southern Bulgaria. The inscription was discovered in 1928 by local residents. It is carved on a monolithic rock, which is located about 5 km from the village. Although the inscription was discovered almost a century ago, it has not yet been fully read and interpreted. There are various theories as to its meaning and purpose, ranging from religious practices to military messages. [...]
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Roman Town of Deultum

The Roman town of Deultum is an important archaeological site located near the present-day village of Debelt, Burgas region. Founded as a Roman military camp in the 70s of the 1st century AD, it later grew into a prosperous city serving as a trade centre between the Black Sea and Thrace. Deultum was founded by the Roman emperor Vespasian as part of his campaign to subdue the Thracian tribes. It was originally a small military camp where veterans of the VIII Augustan Legion were settled. Over time, the town grew around the camp and became an important economic and administrative centre in the province of Thrace. [...]
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Temple-well near Garlo village

The temple-well near the village of Garlo is a unique archaeological site located in the southwestern part of Bulgaria. It is located near the village of Garlo, Breznik municipality, Pernik district. It is located about 3 kilometers west of the village, at the foot of the Strazha Mountain. This ancient structure dates back to the end of the Bronze Age (16-12th century BC) and is believed to have been used for religious rituals and pilgrimages. [...]
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