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PostPosted: 26 Oct 2008, 20:21 
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Ancient Temple of Goddess Cybele in Bulgaria's Balchik on Sale

The ancient temple of the Hittite, Phrygian, and Greek goddess Cybele, which was discovered by accident in Bulgaria's Black Sea town of Balchik in May 2007 has been declared for sale, the Varna daily Pozvanete reported.

The owner of the 680-square-meter plot in downtown Balchik, the businessman Boris Kushlev, who also owns a leather factory in Poland, has offered it for sale for the price of EUR 1 000 per square meter, or about EUR 680 000 in total.

The temple of the goddess Cybele is preserved really well, and according to archeologists, is the only one of its type in Europe. The temple is also the best-preserved building from the Hellenic Age in the Balkans. It includes a number of statutes of Cybele, coins from the time of the Roman Emperor Valens, and other ancient artifacts.

In the words of Darina Mircheva, the Director of the Balchik History Museum, the act of the businessman Boris Kushlev was a sacrilege.

She explained the owner would not sell the plot for anything under EUR 1000 per square meter, and that the state had not made any steps to nationalize the temple even though a commission from the National Institute on Cultural Monuments had visited it five times.

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If only I had the money.


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Oh, wouldn't that be cool?

I hope one of the Euro museums or historical societies manages to get it. Or a private individual who will actually preserve it.


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I hate the fact it's being sold and hope the new owner is responsible.

Yikes!

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PostPosted: 31 Oct 2008, 07:43 
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jess wrote:
I hate the fact it's being sold and hope the new owner is responsible.

Yikes!


Huh ... You think we could get the House-bus over to Bulgaria? The temple sounds like a fixer-upper with great potential ... :cheeky:

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