Nesebar @ Black Sea

The sun was back – perfect to visit the historic town of Nesebar at the Black Sea with its many churches on an “island”.

The “Pearl of the Black Sea” – as Nesebar is called – is a rich city-museum defined by more than three millennia of ever-changing history. The ancient part of the settlement lies on a peninsula which was previously an island, now connected by a short dam. It bears evidence of occupation by a variety of different civilisations over the course of its existence.
Modern part of Nesebar with a beautiful beach
Layout of the island with the dam at the right
There is evidence of five chronological periods of urbanisation on the peninsula starting at the end of the second millennium B.C.: the Thracian protopolis, the Greek colony Mesambria, a Roman-ruled village to the Early Christian Era, the Medieval settlement and a Renaissance era town.
Bronze and silver coins were minted in the city since the 5th century BC, and gold coins since the 3rd century BC.
Nesebar from the distance
Ruins of an old church
Due to the city’s abundance of historic buildings, UNESCO included it in its list of World Heritage Sites. Nesebar is said to be the town with the highest number of churches per capita. Until today, a total of forty churches survived wholly or partly.

Orthodox icons
Beautiful ceramic ornaments
Another little church
The ruins are used for wedding photos

The church of St. Stephen was an Orthodox Church, with its oldest parts dating from the 11th century. The colourful frescos in its interior were once hidden under a layer of paint disguising them and saving them from destruction.

Traditional houses with timber
Lovely restaurants are everywhere on the island …
… good food and sea view included
Flower of the Day

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