Massive Wall to Dry Flooded Kingdom

In order to save an ancient kingdom that was flooded by a reservoir in the 1950s, officials in Bulgaria will build a €100 million wall around the submerged monument.
August 8, 2008, 9am PDT | Nate Berg
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"Sevtopolis is currently located at a depth of about 20 meters on the bottom of the reservoir but has been found to be in an excellent condition."

"According to the project recently put forth by the Mayor of the nearby city of Kazanluk Stefan Damyanov and Bulgaria's Culture Ministry, a wall will be built around the ancient city so as to separate to keep away from it the water of the reservoir, and to create an artificial island there, which will be opened for tourists."

"According to the project of architect Zheko Tilev, about 2% of the total area of the Koprinka Reservoir will be dried out in order to create the artificial island, which will be located below the water level. The circle wall around the ancient city will have a diameter of 420 meter and a perimeter of 1300 m."

"The capital of the Thracian monarch Sevt III was first discovered in explored in 1948-54 before the Koprinka Reservoir was built on top of it. The construction proceeded despite the invaluable architectural monument."

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Published on Thursday, August 7, 2008 in Turkish Weekly
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