Medieval Art


Written sources, historical research and archaeological excavations over the last 30 years have made it possible to build a fairly precise idea of what Medieval Plovdiv looked like. It used to be a major commercial, political, cultural and religious center in Thrace in the period of IX – XIV c. A. D.

The urban planning is typical for that period. The medieval town is composed of an inner fortified part situated up on the Three Hills and some suburban quarters located down in the valley.

The majority of all movable cultural monuments displayed in the Medieval Art Museum Section are found on the territory of Polvdiv and its region.

The Medieval fund includes 1,270 inventory units classified according to their functions in various collections:

  • labour tools
  • pottery
  • weapons
  • jewelry
  • religious objects
  • architectural elements
  • stone plastic art
  Metal agricultural implements, dated XII - XIII c.
  Ordinary kitchen pottery, dated X - XII c.
  Luxurious dining pottery, dated XI - XII c.
  Weapons, dated XII - XIV c.
  Silver and gold jewelry, dated XIV c.
  Glass bracelets and necklaces, dated XI - XII c.
  Icon former with the image of Virgin Elleusa, dated XIV c.
  Breast-crosses, encolpions, dated XI - XII c.