Bulgaria boasts more than 1,000 Thracian tomb finds in several locations, but viewing this UNESCO-protected burial site 95km (59 miles) southeast of Ruse near the village of Sveshtary is a unique, thrilling experience. Sveshtary's 3rd-century B.C. Ginina Mogila, discovered in 1982, is a must-see for anyone interested in ancient history because it is not a replica like the Kazanluk "tomb," which was recreated for tourists; rather it is the real deal, the actual burial place of a person thought to be a Thracian ruler. The statuary and frescoes in the burial chamber where the bones of three people and five horses, two stone burial "beds," and numerous artifacts were found are magnificent. Be sure you call ahead for reservations because the number of people allowed inside the climate-controlled space each day is limited. Thanks to a European Union project that helps preaccession nations (PHARE), there are an excellent photo display in the anteroom museum, a visitor center, and a snack bar on premises. No photos are allowed in the tomb and you will have to don paper foot covers to enter. There also are two other tombs undergoing restoration in the immediate area, but these don't come close to Ginina Mogila. Be sure you ask for an English-speaking guide when you call for reservations. Tip: After you see the tomb, take the path that goes down for 2km (1 1/4 mile) beyond the tombs to Pette Pursta, a natural spring running alongside Demir Baba Tekke, a shrine to a 16th-century Muslim holy man. Tie a colored ribbon to one of the shrine's window frames or on one of the nearby bushes for good luck. The shrine is 3km (2 miles) west of Sveshtary.