Excursion to the old town of Nesebar： I will leave the hotel in Varna for the historical city of Nesebar Bulgaria. Approximately 100 km to Nesebar, it takes about 2 hours. It is also fine today, thank God. “Let’s get out now!”
Scenery on the way to Nesebar, the photos were taken through the car window.
As I was getting into the town of Nesebar, an old jet fighter appeared in a small park.
Monument for the Bulgarian aviators
An old jet fighter, Mig 21 plane, is displayed in a small park on the Han Krum Street, celebrating for 100 years of the Bulgarian air-force.
Nesebar is an ancient city and one of the major seaside resorts on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, located in Burgas Province. The city is located on the north side of the Bay of Burgas on a small rocky peninsula and is the center of the municipality Nesebar. The town of Nesebar has a population of 13,347 inhabitants.
Arrived in the old town of Nesebar at 11AM, I am going to roam the historicl area.
Windmill, South Nesebar Bay, St. Nicolas Statue, and Church of Christ Pantokrator
Windmill: The old wooden windmill on the passageway from the new town to the historical area of Nesebar is a lovely symbol of Nesebarthe and very intact Black Sea style. The details about old windmill has not been well known. It’s a fair guess that it’s from the Bulgarian revival period from the 17th to the 19th century.
Statue of St. Nicolas
Statue of St. Nicolas: The St. Nicolas statue is standing at the harbor of South Nesebar Bay. It is identified as St. Nicolas is patron saint of sailors. However, the statue depict a new “Noah” holding a dove, looking for a new land.
Church of Christ Pantocrator, Nesebar
Church of Christ Pantocrator: The Church is a medieval Eastern Orthodox Church. It was constructed in the 13th–14th century and is best known for its lavish exterior decoration. The church is dedicated to Christ Pantocrator, a name of God which hails him as the “Ruler of All” in Greek. (The word of Pantocrator is from Hellenistic Ancient Greek. The ruler of everything, especially as an epithet for Jesus Christ; an artistic depiction of Jesus in this aspect.)
Interior and outer walls of the Church of Christ Pantocrator Nesebar.
After the Church of Christ Pantocrator, I am going to the Church of St. John the Baptist.
Mitropolitska Street Nesebar
Walking the Mitropolitska Street 100 meters, it is the Church of St. John the Baptist.
Arrived at the Church of St. John the Baptist.
The Church of St. John the Baptist is a domed cruciform church, built with undressed stone. It is really small, 12 meters long and 10 meters wide. The masonry is crushed stone and pebbles and the facades were probably smoothly plastered. It was built in the 11th century and one of the best preserved churches in Nesebar.
The interior of the Church St. John the Baptist: the mural paintings are discolored with age.
Then I walked the Mitropolitska Street about 200 m east and reached at the ruin of the Church of Saint Sophia Nesebar.
Walking the Mitropolitska Street to the Church of Saint Sophia
Hagia Sophia Church, Nesebar
The Church of Saint Sofia is an Eastern Orthodox church in Nesebar and situated in the old quarter of the town. It is a three-nave basilica with a semi-circular apse, a narthex and an atrium, 25.5 m length and 13 m width. The basilica was constructed in the late 5th and early 6th century. Its present appearance was dated from the beginning of the 9th century when it was reconstructed.
The ruined apse of the Hagia Sofia Church Nesebar.
Left the ruined Hagia Sophia Church, I’m going to the next destination of the church of St. Stephan.
Souvenir shops and traditional houses on the way to the church of St. Stefan Nesebar.
The Church of Saint Stefan Nesebar
The Church of Saint Stefan (St. Stephen) is a former Orthodox Church in Nesebar, which is now turned into a museum. The building is a Byzantine style basilica with three-nave, built in the 11th – 13th century.
The interior of the Church of Saint Stefan Nesebar. View from the west entrance.
Beautiful vault of St. Stephen’s Church, well-preserved Mural painting.
Saint Stefan (St. Stephen) is a Jewish Christian (died in 35 or 36 A. D.). He is traditionally venerated as the Proto-martyr (first martyr) of Christianity.
Mural paintings of St. Stephen’s church in Nesebar, part of the southern wall.
Mural paintings of St. Stephen’s church were well preserved and enjoyable a lot. Left the St. Stephen’s church, I had lunch at a nearby restaurant.
I roamed about the old town of Nesebar after lunch.
Coffee break at an open cafe.
At an opposite souvenir shop, I bought some gifts for my granddaughter in Switzerland. It would be time to leave this anciento city of Nesebar.
New houses on the old substructures, here is a bus stop.
I took the car here and went back to the hotel in Varna. As I like smaller towns and villages than big cities, so it was a lot of fun. Thanks for the Nesebar locals and the guid.
I got to the hotel in Varna at dusk. After taking a short rest in the hotel room
I went out for a walk in the city of Varna.
Walk in the evening, Preslav Street and Nezavisimost Square Varna
About 9 pm the Bulgarian guide took me to an old restaurant for supper.
The restaurant with the Gypsy music performance.
The guide side that the restaurant is famous for the gypsy music performance, the locals of Varna are really love gypsy music, foreign tourists rarely come to this restaurant.
Inside the restaurant. Their playing skills are wonderful.
I love Gypsy music such as the Hungarian Rhapsodies by Franz Liszt and the Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms, so it was really happy night. Unfortunately I can not recall the name of the restaurant.
It was very busy but fun today.