Today I am going to show you one of my favorite places on The Black Sea Coast - Nessebar. An ancient town, separated into two parts - old and new. "Nessebar" is in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town was known in the past as Mesembria in Greek and as a very important coastal city. 

Basilica of the Holy Mother of God Eleusa

The town was settled at the beginning of 6th century BC. It was one of the most important strongholds of the Byzantine Empire from the 5th century AD. It was fought over by Byzantines and Bulgarians, being captured and incorporated in the lands of the First Bulgarian Empire in 812 by Khan Krum.

Church of St Stephen

The capture of the town by the Turks in 1453 marked the start of its decline, but its architectural heritage remained and was enriched in the 19th century by the construction of wooden houses in style typical for the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast during the Ottoman period.

Hagia Sophia Church

If you ever happen to go to the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, make sure to visit Nessebar. It's a place where no luxurious and expensive hotels could be seen, nor drunk tourists or loud night clubs. The authentic little restaurants with national and sea dishes will make you feel the spirit of Bulgaria. At the end of the old town, you will hear this guy (on the photo above) playing gaida (Bulgarian bagpipe).


  1. Hi Stanislava! I confess, I havent any idea of this town and its amazing history. Thats why I also love reading blogs, they made me travel and discover new places which will inspire me for next trips. Love there is an old and modern side, the architecture is impressive and I bet also the food is really good, no wonder is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Now an exchange, you take me there and I will take you to the beach!:P Kisses! xo

  2. Stanislava,
    These images are amazing, the landscapes and old buildings are just stunning! I've never been to Bulgaria and it was not aware of all the history behind this town, so I'm so glad I read this post. Loved learning a little bit more about your history and culture and being able to see such amazing structures :) I can only hope one day I can visit and see all of this in person. I love going to places like this, where, as you said, everything is more authentic. Thanks so much for sharing and great job on those images, they are all breathtaking.



  3. It looks beautiful, from a story or a movie. I can understand why you are fond of this place.

  4. Oh my these pictures are very interesting and so incredible, especially the third image is my favourite. I agree, it does like much like a film set. :) Thanks for your comment on my post dear.

  5. How charming Stanislava! This town is so full of history!
    Thanks for sharing
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  6. Ohmyy great pictures! I want to go there as well.
    Lou of,

  7. Great pics!

  8. As an American I really enjoy reading about places like this with such a long history.

  9. Photo number ten we were on vacantion with your sister in 1986 year . Kisses '

  10. Lovely place ;)

  11. Gorgeous historical site!!! I would love to see this in person. Thanks for sharing this with us.