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REFILE-Rare gold reliquary cross found in medieval Bulgarian fortress - 9 months ago, 9 Nov 16:48

Angel Krasimirov

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By Angel Krasimirov

VELIKO TARNOVO, Bulgaria, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Bulgarian archaeologists have discovered a rare gold reliquary cross during excavations at a medieval stronghold dating back to the Second Bulgarian Empire.

The 12th century cross was found in a recently unearthed church at Trapezitsa Hill, one of the two main citadels of Veliko Tarnovo. Then called Tarnovgrad, Veliko Tarnovo was the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1185-1396), one of the biggest countries in Europe.

“The finding is extremely rare; it is of utmost importance,” said Konstantin Totev, who leads the team of archaeologists in Veliko Tarnovo, some 220 kilometres east of Sofia, Bulgaria’s modern capital.

“It is a gold cross, an encolpion - a work made to hold relics,” he said. “It is unique because the vast majority of such crosses have been made by bronze and silver.” ...
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