Small Basilica

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A moment from the restoration works in 2010-2013A moment from the restoration works in 2010-2013

In 2010, the America for Bulgaria Foundation became interested in the Small Basilica. A project for the conservation and restoration of the building, its mosaics and its surroundings was initiated. The main goal was to turn the once abandoned church into a cultural and historical venue, to shed light on Roman Philippopolis's past and to the civilization which created it. The mosaics were brought back to their original place to become the centerpiece of the project.

Before that, however, the various pieces of the mosaics were to be removed from storage, cleaned, conserved and restored. In 2012, the task went into the experienced hands of a conservation artist, Elena Kantareva-Decheva. It took her and her team five months to clean more than 50 fragments of the mosaic and to reassemble them into a bigger picture. Amazingly, most of the stones and ceramic tiles stuck hard to the places where the long dead master had put them.

 

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