Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Nessebar - BULGARIA - UNESCO #217

The ancient city of Nessebar is one of the great atractions in the Bulgarian coast, mainly because of the well preserved Byzantine constructions (classified by UNESCO as World Heritage). Some time ago, my good friend Tsveti sent me a vintage card from there and today I got another, this time from Ratka the Serbian Postcrosser I've recently met, that visited this site in 2003 and still had some cards from back then. Thank you Ratka, even breaking the "country of origin" rule I'm very glad you sent me this card, because my collection gets much more complete. This postcard took 6 days to arrive!
UNESCO #217 - Ancient City of Nessebar - BULGARIA
Situated on a rocky peninsula on the Black Sea, the more than 3,000-year-old site of Nessebar was originally a Thracian settlement (Menebria). At the beginning of the 6th century BC, the city became a Greek colony. The city’s remains, which date mostly from the Hellenistic period, include the acropolis, a temple of Apollo, an agora and a wall from the Thracian fortifications. Among other monuments, the Stara Mitropolia Basilica and the fortress date from the Middle Ages, when this was one of the most important Byzantine towns on the west coast of the Black Sea. Wooden houses built in the 19th century are typical of the Black Sea architecture of the period.

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