Virtual Museum of Sofia launched
A “Virtual Museum of Serdica – Sredets – Sofia” was launched on December 13 2012, its name referring to the Roman and medieval periods in the history of the Bulgarian capital city.
The website sofiamuseum.bg currently is only in Bulgarian and plans are to add an English-language version later.
The site has been given funding from Sofia municipality’s culture programme as part of the Bulgarian city’s bid to be named European Capital of Culture 2019.
The content of the site notes that the first settlement in the area of today’s Sofia is believed to have been in the sixth millennium BCE, in a location that is now the Slatina residential area.
Notable events in the ancient history of Sofia include the issuing in Serdica by emperor Galerius, who was born in the region, of the Edict of Toleration on April 30 311, which proclaimed the end of the official persecution of Christians. In 343, the city hosted the Second Ecumenical Council.
(Photo, of the Serdica archaeological excavation site: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)
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Archaeology: Basilica from the time of Constantine the Great found at Sofia’s Serdica West Gate