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sozopol ruins

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 On the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast Sozopol is the earliest towns and dates from 2 610 years ago.
The symbol of the town of Sozopol– the anchor, present on all coins minted by Apollonia, is proof of the importance of its maritime trade. The rich town soon became an important cultural centre. At these times it was called Apollonia Magna.
Ruled in turn by the Byzantine, Bulgarian and Ottoman Empires, Sozopol was assigned to the newly independent Bulgaria in the 19th century.
At the outbreak of theGreek War of Independence (1821) prominent local personalities were arrested and executed by the Ottoman authorities due to participation in the preparations of the struggle.
Almost all of its Greek population was exchanged with Bulgarians from Eastern Thrace in the aftermath of the Balkan Wars. In 2011 the remainings of an ancient Greek settlement, part of Apollonia, were excavated in the small island of St. Kirik (Saint Cerycus) off Sozopolis

Churches of Sozopol

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st cyril and methodius

Sozopol was Christianized early. Bishops are recorded as resident there from at least the year 431.

The ancient icons and magnificent woodcarving in the iconostases are a remarkable accomplishment of the craftsmanship of these times. The medieval town of Sozopol had more than 20 churches. The names of two bishops from Sozopol, chosen as Constantinople patriarchs – Ioan XII Kozma and Nil – testify to the importance of the town as a cultural and religious center during that age..

To this day the ruins of the monumental buildings of the monastery Saint John Precursor are preserved on Saint Ivan’s island, as well as a basilica in the center of the city and the town’s walls.

A few churches and 18 chapels from the 15th century are still preserved, built on the ruins of medieval temples. In these holy places the icons painted during the 18th-19th century by the master-painters from Sozopol are preserved.


Sozopol environs, Beaches

st kirik island


st john island

In a  large golf north of Sozopol,there is a beach called Zlatna ribka (Golden fish),which is the perfect place for every kind surfing.

South- Kavatsite beach you will enjoy the gold and warm sand nearby ages trees.

Some 20km to the south is the mouth of the Ropotamo River, which is declared a natural reserve.

Alepou Beach and Arkoutino Beach is just next to the resort Djuni, situated 10 km south of Sozopol, are wild and beautiful places where the sea is traditionally rough.

Cape Maslen is situated just after the mouth of the Ropotamo River.Its rocky profile and steep slope down to the sea offer a great view to tourists on top of it.

Beneath the cape, one can see small and quiet coves among the fiords, covered with pebbles and seashells.

Every year at the end of the summer thousands of storks, pelicans, and about 30 species of birds of prey gather in the area before they head southwards to spend the winter.

The isle of St John Island (St. John the Baptist) is situated just 1km away from the Sozopol's old town in northern direction. St. John The Baptist Island is the biggest Black Sea island in Bulgarian territorial waters. In this Island were recently (summer 2010) found te rest of St. John the Baptist.


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