Illegal Art Hunting Problem In Bulgaria
In Bulgaria, a unique exhibition of ancient relics shows the damage of art trafficking in the country
The display at Sofia’s museum features hundreds of rare pieces. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
“We want to show the public a small amount of what we lose each year as a culture, as history and money from unrealized cultural tourism, because unfortunately, treasure hunting in Bulgaria has grown to monstrous dimensions,” Lyudmil Vagalinski, the director of Sofia’s Archaeological Museum said.
According to statistics, up to 30,000 people are involved in trafficking historical artifacts in Bulgaria, and more than 100 pre-trial proceedings are initiated every year in the country.