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Mezek
Mezek village is located 10 km. west of Svilengrad.
fortress
West of the village is a medieval fortress. The walls of the fortress surrounding area of ​​approximately 7 acres in the shape of an irregular rectangle with dimensions 110/60 m, constructed of stone blocks bonded with white mortar. Outside grizzled with two bands from a four bricks. Defense of the fortress was reinforced by nine towers blunt and above 10m, five of which are located on the south wall kpepostna (two and three angular front), two on the west (in the middle of the main entrance) and one on the north and the eastern wall.

The towers were separated beams on floors provided with holes along the front and sides. Their relationship has been going on with wooden stairs. The tower, located in the southwest corner of the castle is the most interesting constructed.

It is well preserved and largest sizes. She had three floors, with the top two holes. The floors are open to the interior of the fortress so that a circular firing and could be protected, even when the opponent enter the fort. The northern part has a thickness of 1.90 meters and is built over the moat difficult to understand. Reinforced with a tower. The entrance of the fortress is situated in the bend of the western wall, so that to attack trapped on a small platform, which can be fired upon by two parties. The thickness of the south side is 2.60 cm and is reinforced with five rows of bricks. Eastern and western walls are 2 meters thick After the 1983 excavations shows that they are structured differently and have different purposes. Most are hollow inside, like the relationship between the floors was achieved by wooden stairs. The interior of the tower (the smallest N) was destined for prison. Then it is open and a smaller entrance, located on the east wall. Found in the study of the fortress materials indicate that this place was an old Thracian settlement that had operated during the early Iron Age and late Iron. A few archaeological excavations have uncovered objects from XI century. The construction of a fortress is from the era of the Byzantine Emperor Alexius I Comnenus (1081-1117). It functioned until the Ottoman invasion in the late fourteenth century castle was conceived as a solid fortification unit and it is bubbling intense life. Several were found with charred corn granaries, where they kept their guardian stocks. Many have found iron arrowheads, spurs and horseshoes, showing how it is occurring everyday soldiers of the garrison. Mills, metal tools, skims a trough and others do tell about the life of ordinary people.

The castle has been declared an archaeological monument of the category “national importance” in 1968 In 1963 and 1973 were carried out restoration and conservation activities, and in 2007. within the project “Development of the cultural heritage of Svilengrad municipality by restoring the castle” Mezek ” FAR Cross border cooperation between Bulgaria and Greece. Was built and a tourist information center with interesting posters and brochures.


tomb
It was discovered tomb of Mycenaean type from the 4th century BC. Is preserved in its original form. Located on the fringe of Mezek Mel tepe the mound. Artefacts of gold, silver, bronze, iron and ceramics are exposed in museums in Sofia and Haskovo. Among them are found gold jewelry, earrings, breastplate of iron, silver, gold, bronze and pottery, bronze lift the chandelier / large three-legged candlestick lamps / 134 cm tall, decorated with a large statue of a dancing satyr. Its length is 32 meters and this makes it the longest found in Bulgaria and the Balkan Peninsula tomb. It consists of a corridor (dromos) with a length of 20.66 m, width 1.55 m and height 2.40 m, two rectangular compartments and mainly curved space, which are stone bed with profiled edges and two stone troughs (urns).

It is built of stone blocks with a length of 2 meters and a height of about 40 cm They are stacked without mortar on top of each other, are caught in places with iron clamps. Suggested that the tomb was used as a temple to heron a place where it is honored the divine cult of deceased by certain religious rites. Is used repeatedly and probably served as a family tomb of a Thracian aristocrat. Found traces of six funerals.
In the vestibule was buried woman.

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