Other sites

Mithraeum and shrine of Sol Invicuts

The place where the Oriental gods were worshipped is placed to the south from the south-western corner of the fortress. In 1984-85 V. Najdenova conducted rescue excavations which revealed the walls and foundations of the mithraeum dated to the 2nd c. After the Gothic raid in the middle of the 3rd c., a new shrine dedicated to Sol was build there. The altars discovered at the site are exhibited in the local museum building.

AE 1998, 1127 AE 1998, 1128


Sanctuary of Dionysus / Liber Pater

To the south-west of the fortress, in the area of the present Sveta Bogoroditsa monastery, remains of a sanctuary were discovered in 1928. The finds included two votive plates with representations of Dionysus or Liber Pater. Epigraphic evidence (secondarily used altars) from Iatrus / Krivina, late Roman fort situated several kilometres to the east of Novae, confirms the existence of a Liber Pater sanctuary.

Villa at Vardim

Six km to the east of Novae another site was discovered and excavated – a villa or rather a farmstead which existed for a short time.Novae canabae

The view on the area to the south of Novae. Phot. J. & J. Pisz (C)


Cemeteries are situated to the south, west and east of the fortress, along the roads. Some graves were excavated, among others in the area of the present “Vinprom”, at the place of an old quarries to the south, and to the east, along the road to Vardim. One of the sarcophagi found in the cemetery near Vardim you can see on the courtyard of the local Museum in Svishtov.


The aqueducts of Novae were supplying the fortress and civil settlements in the neighbourhood. The main conduit, in some places double, was running from the source placed several km to the east, near Svishtov, along the river, and reaching the western side of the fortress.

Novae wodociągi BiernackaOther aqueducts were running from the south and south-west to the south-eastern corner of the fortress. One of the conduits was running from the place to the south of the village Tsarevets northwards, but was not reaching the fortress.

Aqueducts of Novae [according to M. Biernacka-Lubańska, System wodociągowy w Novae, “Novensia” 9, 1997, 5-79]

More about the area around the fortress you can find here:

A. Tomas, P. Vladkova, Extramural area  [in] Novae. An Archaeological Guide, Warsaw 2012,  77-91.


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