So , I am back from my vacation, which we spent in Bulgaria, on the coast of Black Sea.Primary, we was on Sunny Beach(Slnečné pobrežie), but the very first day there was so big waves (this year´s up-side-down weather! ) , that there was still a red flag and swimming was no allowed. Fortunatelly, right opposite the beach is a small rocky peninsula and a lovely town on it :
That was very good idea, because that was not only interesting, it became literally "a feast for me and my sketchbook". This old town is ancient city of Nessebar, one of the oldest towns in Europe.
The more than 3,000-year-old site of Nessebar was originally a Thracian settlement (Menebria). At the beginning of the 6th century B.C., 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. .
The peninsula itself is not a big, you can walk around in about 30 minutes. But hey, what a treasures ! There is about 9 churches or remains of churches . On this quick sketch her is church of St. Johan Aliturgetos . It starts like watercolor sketch, but there was so hot, that paints dry almost immediately.
Oh, I found some fire hydrant :-) and fulfill my promise from EDM 66 :
Wooden houses built in the 19th century are typical of the Black Sea architecture of the period.
Nessebar´s abundance of historic buildings prompted UNESCO to inscribe Nesebar on its list of World Heritage Sites in 1983.