Nessebar

 

With two beaches in the New Town and rich historical heritage and lots of traditional Bulgarian houses in the Old Town, Nessebar is a wonderful city-museum which offers you a choice of activities during your vacation!

 

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Nessebar is a peninsula and its connection between the New Town and the Old Town is an artistic bridge with wooden mill. The territory of present-day Nessebar has been populated for thousands of years, from the late Bronze Age. Carrying the name Mesemvria it was one of the most ancient cities in Europe dating back to more than 3200 years.

 

Nessebar is located 36 km from Bourgas or 40 minutes by buss or car. You can catch a bus at the bus station located right next to the railway station in Burgas for no more than €5 or 10 Bulgarian lev. There is a bus every 30 to 40 minutes.

 

Nessebar is a beautiful resort town located at the Black Sea. It offers the perfect combination of historical and cultural sites with sunny beaches. It has two beaches in the New City, covered with fine golden sand. One of them is connected with the resort town Sunny Beach. The water is clean and clear and there are no dangerous animals in the waters of Bulgaria. The majority of the beach is occupied by paid sun beds and parasols, the free zone is small or excessively close to the water.

 

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Here is a list of the interesting objects you will encounter during your walk in the Old Town of Nessebar which certainly are worth seeing:

 

  •  The Archaeological Museum Ancient Nessebar – Created in 1956 and located right at the entrance to the Old Town. The area of the lobby is occupied by 4 exhibition rooms.
    The entrance fee to the museum for one adult is 6BNG (€3), without the group discount, and for children 3BNG (€1.50)
    Phone for contacts: 0554 46019; 0554 46012
    Working time: Monday – Friday: 9.00h – 19.00 h
    Weekend – 9:00h to 13h; 13:30h to 18:00h

 

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  •  Ethnographic Museum – Located on the southern coast of the peninsula in an old Revival house. It is a typical representative of the Nessebar residential architecture from the late period of the Bulgarian Revival, which was built in 1840.
    Entrance fee to the museum for one adult is 3BNG (€1,50), without the group discount, and for children 2BNG (€1).
    contacts@ancient-nessebar.com
    Phone for contacts: 0554 46019; 0554 46012; 0554 46019

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  •  The Fortress Walls – The oldest ruins of the city walls are dated from 8c. BC and are remains of the first inhabitants of the peninsula – the Thracians. In ancient times the fortress walls were surrounding the entire Old Town, making it inaccessible for outsiders and assuring the safe life inside them. After the Thracians, the fortress walls passed into the hands of the Romans and endured until the 14th century when the city fell under Ottoman rule and their maintenance stopped completely, which resulted into their decay and lead to their current state (not sure if this was the meaning).

 

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  •  The Wooden Windmill – the symbol of the city that welcomes the visitors to the Old Town. This is not the original windmill from the 18th century, however, it still exists and it’s placed inside hotel “The Windmill”.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Hagia Sophia Church – ruins of a three-naved, unvaulted basilica from the 4th century with a semi-circular apse, a narthex and an atrium. It’s located at the very center of the Old Town. You can find it also under the name of “Church of St Sophia” or “The Old Bishopric”.

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  •  The Basilica of the Holy Mother of God Eleusa – church from the 6th century. It’s located on the northern side of the peninsula.

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  • The Church of St. Stephen  Know Bulgaria Luxcorvus Teodora Daskalova (45)The Church of St. Stephen – the church is dated from the 11th century and it’s known also as “The New Bishopric”. Inside of it, mural paintings depicting over a 1000 figures have been preserved in very good condition.
    The Entrance fee is 6
    BNG for one adult (€3), without the group discount, and for children 3BNG (€1.50).

 

  • The Church of St. John the Baptist – it’s a domed cruciform church dated from the 11th century.

 

 

  • St. Dimitrios Church – three-naved, cruciform church from the 11th century located on the north side of ” The Old Bishopric”.

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  • The Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel –a single-nave topped by a dome and two arches along the length of the dome with three apses. This church from the 13th century follows the Byzantine cross-in-square plan.

 

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The Entrance fee is 3BNG for one adult (€1.50), without the group discount, and for children 2BNG (€1).

 

 

 

 

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  • The Church Saint Spas – it’s a small single-nave and single apse church from 1609, also known as “The Church of the Holy Saviour”. Inside it the restored murals are representing the School of paining from Nessebar.
    The Entrance fee is 3BNG for one adult (€1.50), without the group discount, and for children 2BNG (€1).

 

 

 

  • The Church of Christ Pantocrator – a preserved medieval, late Byzantine cross-in-square style church from the 13th century.
    The Entrance fee is 3BNG for one adult (€1.50), without the group discount, and for children 2BNG (€1).

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  • The Church of St Theodore – the church is dated from the 13th century, but unfortunately the only preserved remains are its north and west wall.

 

  •  The Church of St John Aliturgetos – dated from the 13th-14th century

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  • Church of St Clement – a church from the 17th century. Only the central apse and the altar table are preserved from it.

 

  •  Church Assumption of the Holy Virgin – it’s an active Eastern Orthodox Church from 1873. It’s free for visiting and you can buy and light a candle for health inside.

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All churches are located in the Old Town of Nessebar! While walking around them you will encounter many stalls with souvenirs, the most typical and unique of which are the wonderful paintings of seascapes, traditional houses and fishing boats of local artists with great talent!

 
You can catch one of the small open tourist trains that connects the two parts of Nessebar. A ride with blowing sea breeze in your face will surely be nice!