Lapidary exhibition

Broken inscription on the territory of Ratiaria

From Ratiaria and its area are known so far over 100 epigraphic monuments. The area of Ratiaria, however, till now remains the only territory in Europe, where these monuments are not collected and analyzed. The inscriptions from Ratiaria themselves for years have been spread in different parts of Bulgaria. The most recent example is the captured in the spring of 2011 cultural monuments originating from Ratiaria who were 'returned' in Sofia instead to remain on its original place.

Today, stone sculptures and inscriptions found in Ratiaria can be seen in National Historical Museum, in Archaeological Museum - Sofia, in museums in Vidin, Lom, and even in Romania. Some of these precious for the Bulgarian and European history monuments are left without control in the city park of Vidin.

Full of junk Roman sarcophagus in Vidin

The most striking example of the neglect of which were subjected the cultural monuments from Ratiaria is the destruction of inscriptions abandoned on the territory of the site due to the refusal of the Historical Museum Vidin to include them in its lapidary exhibition. The inaction of the institutions responsible for protection of the cultural monuments in the region, led to intervention by the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Bulgaria, by whose order, the epigraphic and architectural monuments from Ratiaria must remain under the control of the newly formed Public collection in Dimovo.

The number of lapidary monuments, which are currently kept in the village Archar growing rapidly. This is due to the extraordinary wealth of Roman Ratiaria and the enthusiasm of local people who are happy to work for "their museum". Only for two years the Latin inscriptions included in the exhibition reached 14 pieces, and the sculptures and architectural monuments demonstrate the splendor and the grandeur of the former colony.

Epigraphic and architectural monuments from the territory of Ratiaria 2010-2011