Bulgarian Archaeologists Unearth Turkish Cemetery in 15th Century Ottoman Mosque
A Turkish cemetery, i.e. a Muslim necropolis, from the 18th-19th century has been unearthed by Bulgarian archaeologists after the municipal authorities in the central town of Karlovo initiated the archaeological excavations in the Lead Mosque (Kurshum Dzhamiya), a 15th century historical monument from the period of Ottoman Yoke (1396-1878/1912) when Bulgaria was part of the Ottoman Empire.
The long-awaited archaeological excavations of the Lead Mosque, which are expected to reveal important information about the history of the Bulgarian town of Karlovo and to pave the way for turning the mosque into a museum, have become possible after in May 2015 the Sofia Appellate Court ruled in favor of Karlovo Municipality and against the Bulgarian Chief Mufti’s Office which had sought to gain ownership of a number of inactive mosques and former Ottoman properties in municipalities with little or no Muslim population. Read more.