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Historic–ethnographic complex “Fanagoria”

Attraction type: Museums & Galleries
Address: Park Asparuhov, Varna
Phone: +359 52 614 553
Mobile: +359 899 089 133
Work time:

Monday - Sunday (Summer)

10.00 - 20.00

Tuesday - Sunday (Winter)

10.00 - 16.00

The historical-ethnographical complex ProtoBulgarian village Fanagoria is the onе of its kind outdoor acting museum in Bulgaria. Phanagoria was a town dating from 543 years BC, founded by Teian colonists from Asia Minor. The city took its name after one of its founders- Phanagoras and it was supposedly the capital of Volga Bulgaria.

The visitors can now go 15 centuries back in time, and visit one of the most ancient Old Bulgarian capitals. The complex is surrounded by an authentic fortified wooden wall and watchtowers. When you enter the camp, you will be able to see well-equipped yurts and craftsman workshops, and the quaint atmosphere is recreated to the last detail- from the settlers’ costumes to household objects and furniture. Tourist guides will be available for the more inquiring visitors, and tourists can experience the unforgettable adventure of bow shooting or observe recreated battle scenes, proto-Bulgarian religious rituals and horse performances.

The tourists can see the already completed Khan’s tent and the tents of the high priest and the great “boil”, as well as the four tents of the crafts – pottery, weaving, saddlering, blacksmith and armory mastery. Also the guests could watch a performance presenting the life and military skills of the proto-Bulgarians, such as some old rituals, authentic horse riding, etc. The costumes in the play, as well as the materials used for building the village are especially selected in order to create the vision of authenticity. The scenario for the show is developed at the Bulgarian film studio “Boiana” observing the advices of the archaeologists and the historians.