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Ancient City of Nessebar

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Nessebar is a tiny town located on the coasts Black Sea and ifn the city of Burgas of Bulgaria. It was established on a peninsula 3000 years ago and is one of the oldest residental area in Europe. As of 1983, it is listed on the Unesco’s World Heritage List. When you walk on the streets of the peninsula, in which you can see the samples of Middle Age architecture, you may oftenly see some of urban texture and historical ruins.

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Places to Visit in Nessebar

The town’s history dates back to BC 600’s. There are many churches, castles and historical buildings from 13th and 19th centuries. There are almost no new buldings in the city. The historical buildings are preserved just like the first day and survived until today. That reveals how much the goverment cares about the historical buildings. Nesebar’s streets stony ways are also preserved. And this made the city a boutique town.

Actually the ancient peninsula is a place to be visited all along. It is very hard to list the places because every building, every stone or every shop you visit has a historical value. But I don’t want to  skip without listing the most important places to visit.

  1. Windmills
  2. Hristos Pantokrator Church
  3. Saint Sofia (Hagia Sofia) Church
  4. Holy Angels Michael and Gabriel Church
  5. Saint Paraskevi Church
  6. Museum of Archeology
  7. Museum of Etnography- House of Moskoyani
  8. Nessebar Streets

Windmills

It is impossible not to see the windmill on the right side of the city entrance. It virtually greets you while you are entering into the city. Apart from it, there are 2 more windmills in the city in the shape of tower.

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Nessebar Churches

The churches in Nessebar were built in 313, just after Christianity became the official religion of Roman Empire. Since it is believed that the first basilicas of Christian history were here, the city has an importance for the Christians.

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Hristos Pantokrator Church

The church which was built in 18th and 19th centuries is one of the best preserved middle age churches. The church has a size of 16 x 6.90 meters. It also has 2 entrance doors. The bell room at the top of the church has 8 windows forming a shape of semi-circle. Some of the engravings on the church walls are still visible.

Entrance Fee: 5 Levas (1 Dollar= 1,85 Levas)

Visiting Hours: Open between 10:30-14:00 and 14:30-19:00 between 29th April and 31st October

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Hristos Pantokrator Church

The church which was built in 18th and 19th centuries is one of the best preserved middle age churches. The church has a size of 16 x 6.90 meters. It also has 2 entrance doors. The bell room at the top of the church has 8 windows forming a shape of semi-circle. Some of the engravings on the church walls are still visible.

Entrance Fee: 5 Levas (1 Dollar= 1,85 Levas)

Visiting Hours: Open between 10:30-14:00 and 14:30-19:00 between 29th April and 31st October

Holy Angels Michael and Gabriel Church

The church was built in 13th century. It has a cross sign shaped architectural structure when looking from aerial viewpoint. Its dimensions are 13.90 x 5.30 meters and it has a wide dome.

Entrance Fee: 5 Levas

Visiting Hours: Open between 09:00-19:00 between 29th April and 31st October

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Saint Paraskevi Church

It is agreed that the church was built during the era of Bulgarian tsar Ivan Alexander ( 1331-1371). But most of the historians says that the church was built in 10th century and then it may have been underwent to a big renovation by Ivan Alexander. The church is open to visit as an art museum. It is possible to see the most of the artifacts that were in the church in the archeology museum in Sofia. A small part of them is on show in Nessebar.

Entrance Fee: 5 Levas

Visiting Hours: Open between 09:00-19:00 between 29th April and 31st October

Museum of Archeology

In Nessebar Museum of Archeology, the objects from Middle Age and Renaissance Period that are revealed during archeological excavations are on show.

Entrance Fee: 6 Levas

Visiting Hours: 09:00- 17:00 (Open until 19:00 between June and November)

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Museum of Etnography – House of Moskoyani

The Museum of Etnography, as known as House of Moskoyani, which was built by a rich Greek merchant in 1840, has 2 floors. The second floor is wooden. There is a remarkable wooden roof decorated with stars in the middle of the house. There are bedrooms on the second floor. There are woven tablecloths, rugs and cushions from Macedonian and Thracian culturess along with round table and three-legged chairs on show in the rooms.

Entrance Fee: 3 Levas

Visiting Hours: Open between 10:30-14:00 and 14:30-19:00 between 1st June and 24th September

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Nessebar Streets

The best way to explore and feel a city is to walk on its streets. Nessebar streets draw you in itself. It is possible to see the wooden structures built in 18th and 19th centuries in every corner you look at.  These houses that reflect the Bulgarian architectural style are well-preserved and have remained until today. Actually you can see this type of houses in many of Bulgarian cities. Plovdiv, Veliko and Tırnovo are other places in which you can see houses with this kind of architecture.

You can buy oil paintings and artworks from the galleries that are located in every street. It is possible to buy the paintings by Bulgarian artists for very low prices. You can even bargain with them. Except from the paintings, handmade jewelries and handworks are the thing you can buy.

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Where is Nessebar?

Nessebar is a small town located on the coast of Black Sea. It is 30 km away from Burgas and 130 km away from Varna. Visitors from Turkey can arrive to the town through the Dereköy border gate. Burgas Airport is the right choice for the visitors by plane. The arport is only 23 km away from Nessebar.

How Can I Go to Nessebar?

  • By Your Own Car

If you want to travel to the city by your own car, you have to complete the insurance paperworks in order to be able to get past the border. You have to hold an International Driver License n order to be able to drive your car in Bulgaria. If you want to rent a car in Bulgaria, you have to hold an International Driver License. No private vehicles are allowed to the old city. You can park your car in the parking area which is at the city entrance.

The headlights must always be on

  • By Bus

In my opinion, it is the easiest transportation to Nessebar. I got on the bus in the morning and arrived Nessebar at 15:00 o’clock. The bus tickets from Istanbul to Nessebar are pretty cheap. You can buy your ticket for 75 TL.

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  • By Airplane

If you travel to Bulgaria from Europe, you can prefer Wizzair and arrive to Burgas Airport. Or you may pick connecting flights over Sofia. You can find cheap tickets from Wizzair, if you buy your tickets very earlier.

When Should I Go to Nessebar?

The best dates for visiting Nessebar is between 15th April and 31st October. Many places are closed before this date, because there are not much people in the city. Among the places which are closed are the churches and museums that are worth to visit. Most of the churches are closed to visit during winter.

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