Saint Sophia Basilica
Nessebar is a town that looks like an island because it is connected to the continent only by a very narrow isthmus. It is nearly solely old. Some people live there (lucky those!) and there are many restaurants and shops. The surroundings of the land are so beautiful, they remind me of the Greek Islands. It is very sunny, bright and hot, the natural landscape is dry with some greens and the urban landscape is mainly white. There are small beaches with clear and very warm water from the Black Sea and beautiful views to the city. While visiting the city, you can easily stop at the beach for a swim in the Black Sea or a sunbath. The town is by a huge part archaeological. There are many churches, some with exhibitions (like carthography), others fully restored and covered in wall painting and precious icons, and some only in ruins (but preserved). There is the Museum of Old Nessebar, very small but I think it has an important role in characterising the place through its archaeological findings, since, apart from the buildings, everything is touristic and crowded. The historical context of the town is in the museum. There is a computer where one can search for all the existing buildings, its history, architecture and function (so you don’t have the enormous wrong idea that they’re all the same, and so you go prepared for what you are going to see). It is important to stop by for a visit and quick reading before going in the town. You can spend the whole day there and never get tired. It is worth of being seen again and again. In the city there is a reconstruction of a typical Bulgarian house with a curious story of a Greek merchant (there is a window from where the sea could be watched), the typical “Black Sea” type house, where the upper storeys have few and small windows due to the strong wind; there are over 100 National Bulgarian Revival type houses where people still live. You can drink fresh water from the real old fountain, eat Bulgarian specialities, buy traditional items and antiques at very fair prices and enjoy as much as possible such urban and geographical treasure with thousands of years of History that have by no means ended yet. It is a place where Antiquity and modern days live along, side by side and so it continues making history and valueing the site as heritage. From Sunny Beach, only ten minutes away by bus, the old town can be seen on the horizon (looking like a very small island).
The Saint Sophia Basilica represented on this photo is in the centre of the island in open space. It is built in stone and bricks in horizontal layers dating back to the 5th century. The basilica used to be the seat of the Nessebar Bishop where along with metropolitans from many other costal towns important church issues were discussed as well as problems of the the town and its citizens. It has suffered many changes with reconstructions and new parts added over the centuries. Holy relics used to be treasured here.
It is hard to pick one photo of Nessebar, it is wonderful everywhere. I chose one the the Saint Sophia Basilica, because as it is in open air there are no restrictions to walking there. I went back there about three times. Also, that day a wedding was taking place there. I thought so amazing that an archaeological site can be used by the public for personal events, and one so important as a matrimony. Most places in the world are full of restrictions. This one is openly free, no entrance door or way, no kind of fee, everything can be touched. Enjoy it as you wish! This is living heritage. Ancient City of Nessebar – Bulgariahttps://www.gounesco.com/heritage/proof/saint-sophia-basilica/https://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/gounesco.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/29121132/DSCF9140-1024x768.jpghttps://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/gounesco.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/29121132/DSCF9140-150x150.jpgAncient city of Nessebar,Basilica,bulgaria,heritage,heritage site,joana amoroso,travel,World Heritage Site,world heritage travel