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The Mithraeum

The shrine where the Oriental gods were worshipped at Novae was placed to the south from the south-western corner of the fortress. In 1984-85 V. Najdenova conducted the rescue excavations which revealed the walls and foundations of the small sanctuary dated to the 2nd century, and possibly survived until the middle of the 3rd century. The altars discovered at the place are exhibited in the museum pavillion in Novae.

AE 1998, 1127 AE 1998, 1128


Sanctuary of Dionysus / Liber Pater

Around 2.2 km to the south-west of the fortress, in the area of the present Sveta Bogoroditsa monastery, the remains of a sanctuary were discovered in 1928. The rescue excavations were carried out later and the finds discovered there included two votive plates with representations of Dionysus or Liber Pater. It has been suggested that the secondarily used altars discovered in the late Roman fort of Iatrus / Krivina, placed several kilometres to the east of Novae, originate from this sanctuary.

Villa at Vardim

Around six km to the east of Novae another site was discovered and excavated – a farmstead which existed for a short time. The last layer contained charcoal, possibly the evidence of a sudden fire.Novae canabae

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


Cemeteries of Novae are situated to the south, west and east of the fortress, along the roads and on the hills along the eastern side of the Dermen dere valley. Only few burials were excavated, among others, in the area of the Svishtov winery “Vinprom” to the west of the fortress and at the place of the old quarries to the south of it. Some burials which should be related to the site of Ostrite Mogili were excavated to the east of this site, along the road to Vardim. One of the sarcophagi found in the cemetery near Vardim is exhibited 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 doubled, was running from the source placed several km to the west along the Danubian scarp reaching the western side of the fortress.

Novae wodociągi BiernackaOther aqueducts were running from the south and south-west to 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. It is possible that it provided water to some unidentified settlement there.

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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