On 14 April, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova joined Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, Culture Minister Vezhdi Rashidov and French Minister of state for European Affairs Harlem Desir at the official opening of the first Bulgarian exhibition in the Louvre entitled The Epic of the Thracian Kings, which will showcase the most impressive treasures of ancient Thrace.
Visitors of the landmark French museum will be able to enjoy 1 628 artifacts from 17 Bulgarian museums displayed in four halls in the Richelieu Wing, the central piece being a life-size bronze head of Thracian ruler Seuthes III. Likewise, the Panagyurishte ritual beverage set the most prized gold treasure of the inhabitants of ancient Thrace, will arouse great interest. Beyond the stunning gold and silver objects, the exhibition will showcase the tools used to carve the pieces, thus giving an insight into the lifestyle of the Thracian people.
The preparation of the exhibition started back in 2012 when Bulgarian Minister of Culture Vezhdi Rashidov signed a five-year cooperation agreement with the Louvre.
The exhibition will be displayed from 16 April to 20 July 2015.