Nessebar, a place in your heart!
The ancient town of Nessebar is situated on a romantic rocky peninsula connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway. The peninsula is 850 metres long and 300 metres wide. The town has a century-old history and it has preserved architectural monuments from all periods in its thousand year old existence. There are the remains of the Roman and Medieval walls, the Byzantine and Bulgarian churches and the old houses from 18th and 19th cc.
The town is proud of its churches. The church of St. Sofia, known as the Old Metropolitan church, and the church of Virgin Eleusa, situated on the northern shore, are three-isled basilicas dating back to the early Byzantine period from 5th to 6th cc.
The church of St. John the Baptist from 11th c is distinguished for its cylinder dome and St. Stephen’s church is remarkable for its frescoes from 16th c.
Nessebar churches represent the “ornamental” style of architecture which flourished in 13th and 14th cc. Its main characteristic is the multi-coloured design of the facades which can be seen in the church of St. Todor, St. Paraskeva, the Archangels Michael and Gabriel. The church of Christ the Pantocrator is a typical example of that style of architecture carried out to perfection. It is rich in architectural ornaments and horizontal bands of dressed stone and brick. Situated in the centre of the town, the church is a real treasure for Bulgaria.
The church of St. John Aliturgetos has remained an invaluable monument of Bulgarian culture. It was not consecrated (the name “aliturgetos” is the Greek for “not consecrated”) and it was not used for worship.
Nessebar is the cultural treasury of Bulgaria. In 1956 it was declared “a museum-town, an archaeological and architectural reserve”. Because of its unique historic colour it was listed as a World Cultural Heritage Monument in 1983.
Today the old part of Nessebar is an attractive place for romantic walks along the narrow cobbled streets, among the small shops selling handmade souveniers, knitting and crochets, jewellery. The town with its splendid antique atmosphere gives an opportunity for recreation and leisure. There are many comfortable guest houses and private rooms.
The new part of Nessebar is the centre of the administrative life. It has a modern style of architecture. The hotels, holiday houses and private rooms meet the last tendencies in tourism. The places of accommodation, both in the old and the new part of the town, have been given are a two and a three-star rating. The numerous restaurants scattered along the narrow winding streets or near the sea shore are wonderful places for pleasant experiences. They offer traditional dishes, sea delicacies, game specialties, exotic cocktails and vintage wines as well as a high standard of service.
Being an international tourist centre, Nessebar is known for its harbour which is visited by a big number of cruise ships.
To the north and south of the town there are wide beaches and sand dunes whose ridges form a natural phenomenon. There is a variety of water sports, yacht cruises, boat trips, fishing trips, bicycles on hire and other kinds of entertainment.
This is a special place where imagination pales before reality!