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Bulgaria - Nessebar
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UNESCO World Heritage
Nessebar city wall gateway

Nessebar Pantokrator church, 13th - 14th century When you go to Bulgaria, the mediaeval city of Nessebar is a jewel and a must. It was founded as Messambria in the 6th century B.C. by Greek colonists and has been on the World Heritage List of the UNESCO since 1983. Located on a small peninsula in the Black Sea the delightful tourist spot yearly attracts a million visitors. A small street, which  connects the peninsula with the mainland, leads through the narrow gateway in the ancient fortress wallright to the quaint, tiny historic down town area with numerous well preserved buildings (mainly mediaeval churches) and narrow cobbled lanes, winding amongst wooden Nessebar old metropolia sidewalkhouses of the 18th and 19th century. Nessebar's typical houses have stone foundations and broad, overhanging wooden superstructures.

Today the spirit of the ancient market lives on with a multitude of sidewalk vendors, hawking all sorts of art work and tourist souvenirs, such as fine crochet works, knitwear, pottery, wood-carvings, paintings... Idyllic restaurants on the steep coast or in the middle of the old town invite you to rest. The most appealing are located on the peninsula's scenic southern tip. The romantic place has cast a spell on us since we visited it for the first time in 1991 and we shall certainly return whenever we have a chance.



Nessebar fortress wall
Nessebar old metropolia
Nessebar Archange church
Nessebar St. Jean Baptiste church
 mediaeval 
fortress wall
 old metropolia
5./6. century
 Archangel church
13./14. century
St Jean Baptist 
church 10./11. c.

Nessebar - harbour
Nessebar Paraskeva church
Nessebar old fountain
Nessebar bell tower
at the harbour
Paraskeva church
13th century
at the old fountain
bell tower

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Bulgaria

Nessebar Architectural-historical Reserve


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