Statues of King Seuthes III and his wife Queen Berenice

At the entrance of the Ethnographic Complex "Damascene", you are regally greeted by the majestic statue of the last great ruler of the Odrysian kingdom, King Seuthes III (330 BC. to 300 BC), one of the heroes in Damascene.

Rided on his horse, in Thracian battle armor, the statue of King Seuthes III in a unique way reminds us of the greatness of the glorious kingdom of Odrys.

To his right, under a beautiful arch, inspired by the culture and art of the great Thracians, stands on his throne, the wife of King Seuthes III, queen berenice.

Alone arch be interested, because of the rich symbolism, hidden behind its individual elements.

On the one hand, it depicts the past, consisting in the history and culture of our ancestors, firmly planted on the ground, and on the other, the future of the world – upstairs, expressing the imperial ambitions of

“The great powers”, unhealthy wanting to conquer the world. A unifying element between the past, the present and the future is the inscription-message:

“There are no eternal empires, there are nations, who keep their history forever!”

The statues of Aleko and Bai Ganyo

The famous literary hero is sitting at the entrance of the distillery, the rose oil merchant, Bay Ganyo, under the watchful eye of its author, one of the most important Bulgarian writers, Aleko Konstantinov - The Lucky One.

"Who doesn't know Bai Ganyo and who hasn't heard of him?“Here you will enjoy the incredible artistic masterpieces and laugh with the unforgettable phrases, uttered in the literary work of Aleko Konstantinov –  "Bay Ganyo".

Sculptural composition "Orpheus of the Cross"

Many semi-divine qualities are attributed to Orpheus.

According to legends, even wild beasts worshiped his music.

It could also breathe life into the dead. The sculptural composition "Orpheus of the Cross" is

located in the parking lot in front of the Ethnographic Complex "Damascene".

Every visitor can see, how self-forgotten clergy are about to crucify Orpheus, just as they crucified Christ.

They take his harp, just to replace it with a crown of thorns - an act so cruel, that even wild animals flee in terror.

Of key importance in the overall composition is a little-known artifact - a plate of Orpheus.

Orpheus is depicted on the plaque, crucified, and the analogy with the crucifixion of Christ is astonishing.

The fact is even more intriguing, that the plate is dated 2 000 years before Christ.

Here, in the heart of the Rose Valley and the Valley of the Thracian Kings we have chosen to pay homage

of the oil mill rose Damascene, and the unsurpassed cultural heritage, which the great Thracians left behind.

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