Cultural Corridors of South East Europe

Heritage by Type / Christian religious centre

Ancient City of Nessebar

Ancient City of Nessebar

About the site

Corridor: Via Pontica
Country: Bulgaria, Nessebar
Type: Ancient Site, Christian religious centre, Historic Town, Vernacular Architecture
Epoch: Modern Times, Middle Ages
Theme: Vernacular Architecture
World Heritage: Cultural Heritage
Modern TimesMiddle AgesVernacular ArchitectureAncient SiteChristian religious centreHistoric TownVernacular ArchitectureCultural Heritage

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 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. Wooden houses built in the 19th century are typical of the Black Sea architecture of the period.


Read more about Ancient City of Nessebar at the Unesco World Heritage List.