Nesebar is a mosaic of ancient fortifications, medieval churches, and romantic 19th-century houses scattered on a rocky island connected to the mainland by a causeway. They are the accumulation of 2,600 years, the result of a never-ending balancing act between the forces of nature and political, […]
The similarities between the two are not only in their names. Both are located on rocky peninsulas that have provided security for their inhabitants since Antiquity. Both were founded by Greeks well millennia ago. Both were until the early 20th century Greek-populated and both have been […]
Within sight of the Black Sea city of Burgas lays a small area of land, so precious for its wildlife that it has been granted the highest possible level of International recognition and legal protection. And here the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds has […]
Situated about 17 km west of Burgas was the city of Deultum or, to use its full name, Colonia Flavia Pacis Deultensium. Its ruins lie by the modern village of Debelt. Deultum was a Roman creation. It appeared during the reign of Emperor Vespasian (69-79) as […]
Enyovden is one of Bulgaria’s most celebrated national holidays, along with Easter, Christmas, and St. George’s Day. It takes place on 24th June and coincides with St. John Baptist’s Day. It is both a religious feast and a traditional folk ritual. The celebrations of this day […]
When one of the three major holidays for remembering the dead rolls around, Bulgarians are transformed – from unapologetic atheists and lazy Eastern Orthodox believers to outright pagans. Bulgarian celebrations of the major All Souls’ Days – the Saturdays before the feast of Archangel Michael, Lent, […]
Leaving aside St Sofia in the capital and what has remained of the metropolitan church in Nesebar, traces from the early Byzantine era in Bulgaria are scarce and little known. They do exist, however: forgotten remnants of the time when the Eastern Roman Empire was trying […]
The oil-bearing rose is a delicate plant that feels well only at a single, restricted territory: the Valley of Roses, the strip of land between the Stara Planina and the Sredna Gora mountain ranges around Kazanlak, Karlovo, Sopot, and a couple of other towns. Only here […]
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