The birds in question are not alive, but made of mosaics and are… 1,500 years old. They are from all flocks and feathers and come in the dozens, covering the floor of Bulgaria's largest and most spectacular late-Antiquity church, the Bishop's Basilica of Philippopolis, in today's Plovdiv.
The basilica and its gorgeous mosaics are being brought back to life in one of the largest restoration projects in Bulgaria in decades, with support from the America for Bulgaria Foundation, Plovdiv Municipality, the Ministry of Culture, and hundreds of volunteers. In 2019, a modern cultural complex housing the mosaics will open to the public.
This September, citizens and entrepreneurs from Plovdiv established the Friends of the Basilica Foundation, which aims to turn the location into a lively cultural centre for children and adults, locals, Bulgarians and foreign visitors. To fund this, the Friends of the Basilica are launching the Adopt a Bird campaign.
HOW TO ADOPT A BIRD?
Just visit the webpage of the Bishop's Basilica of Philippopolis and follow the steps.
HOW DO YOU BENEFIT?
Your contribution will be recognised in a number of ways, including listing on the donors' wall, branding on promotional materials, a framed high-quality photo of the bird you have adopted, permission to use the bird on your advertisement materials, free invitations to events in the Bishop's Basilica, renaming the bird that you have adopted, and a lot more.
For additional information please contact Katya Stoykova, Executive Director of the Friends of the Basilica Foundation at +359 886 300 333