Ref Number: 69
Ref Number: 69
The museum in Devnya, a village close to Varna , houses some of the best examples of Roman and early Byzantine ornamental mosaics to be seen locally. During 1976–1981, archaeologists uncovered the foundation of a magnificent residential structure in the center of the town of Devnya. The house was lavishly decorated with mosaics.
Colorful mosaics and paintings adorn the home’s interior walls. Five of the rooms include mosaic flooring that feature a wide range of colors, and these mosaics are among the finest examples of Roman art ever discovered in Bulgaria. Small stones of marble, limestone, clay, and shards of glass in 16 different colors make up the mosaics. They include geometric patterns, exotic animals and birds, vegetation, and scenes from Greek and Roman mythology.
An academic and tourist magnet, a sun-dial uncovered in the home is the first of its sort to be discovered in a private residence.
Only three of the mosaic patterns discovered are still in their original locations; the others were relocated during restoration, pieced back together, and shown in one of the museum’s exhibition rooms.
The Museum of Mosaics in Devnya was constructed on the remains of an old edifice ornamented with several mosaics that stood where the city was before it was destroyed by the Gothic invasions in 251.
The museum’s galleries showcase a variety of artifacts that provide light on the structure’s history and its residents’ way of life.