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Sozopol is an ancient town and seaside resort located 35 km south of Burgas. The first settlement on the site dates back to the Bronze Age (IV-III millennium BC). The town, at first called Antheia, was colonized in Thrace on the shore of the Pontus Euxinus, principally on a little island, by Anaximander (born 610-609 BC) at the head of Milesian colonists. The name was soon changed to Apollonia, on account of a temple dedicated to Apollo in the town, containing a famous colossal statue of the god Apollo by Calamis, 30 cubits high, transported later to Rome by Lucullus and placed in the Capitol. At various times, Apollonia was known as Apollonia Pontica (Apollonia on the Black Sea) and Apollonia Magna (Great Apollonia).

The town established itself as a trade and naval centre in the following centuries. It kept strong political and trade relations with the cities of Ancient Greece – Miletus, Athens, Corinth, Heraclea Pontica and the islands Rhodes, Chios, Lesbos, etc. Its trade influence in the Thracian territories was based on a treaty with the rulers of the Odrysian kingdom dating from the fifth century BC. The symbol of the town – the anchor, present on all coins minted by Apollonia since the sixth century BC, is proof of the importance of its maritime trade. The rich town soon became an important cultural centre.

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The old town of Sozopol is declared a museum. Many churches and houses of wood and stone (XVIII-XIX), creating a unique architectural character of today's Sozopol. Ancient icons and magnificent wood-carved iconostasis presented the remarkable achievements of arts and crafts. Impressive renaissance houses, ancient icons and magnificent carved iconostasis in the church. Every September the town hosts the popular Apollonia Festival of Arts.

The St. Mary Church (XV century) is a pseudo-basilica apse and is a cultural monument under UNESCO protection. Sozopol's largest church St. George is a pseudo-basilica with one apse, built in the early XIX century. St. Zosimus Temple was built in 1957 on the ruins of an ancient temple. Saint Zosimus was born in a town named Sozopol, Apollonia in the past also, but in Pisidia (Asia). During the Middle Ages the inhabitants of the Bulgarian Sozopol have adopted it as their protector.

The Archaeological Museum is the building of the temple St. Cyril and Methodius (1888). The museum has a number unique in two areas: archeology (V Hr. millennium BC-XVII century) and Christian art (XVII-XIX century). Art Gallery was established in 1991 in "Old School", a cultural monument.

The monasteries on the St. John island from X-XVII century are very preserved and authentic monuments of the Christian architecture. They include the churches “St. Mother of God Kaleosa” (with a nave and two aisles, dates from X c.), “St. John the Baptist” (cook-house, abbot’s chapel and 16 cells from XII c.)

Meden Rid (The Coper Hil) is an elevation, which rounds Sozopol. It is covered with a tangle of woods. In some parts the young trees are so close that it is impossible to pass. In that so called jungle are hidden copper and silver ledges. Copper hill was used as a natural fortress, protecting the city from ground invasion. The Thracians had fortified the area. At the north part is the Thracian fortress Atia. It is typical Thracian castle, built by using big, crumbling stones without any welding.

The Bakarlaka peak is only 375 m high and it is the east end of the Strandja Mountain. It is suitable for rock climbing and pot-holering. On the top of the hill there is the Bakarlaka fortress. There is a great view toward the Bourgas’ Bay, the islands and fields round Sozopol. There are good road and market paths to the fortress.

The Dunes is a modern resort 40 km south from Bourgas. The beach is 4.5 km long and 100 m wide, with very good sand with natural sand-dunes. The shore is rounded with natural woods. There are some beautiful villas scattered in the woods. The sea is calm and slear and it is also very shallow with no steep parts. It is very good for small children. The bay is naturally protected from the north winds. The Dunes is awarded with the “Blue Flag” award. Every area of the resort has its own architectural style: ”Zelenika”, “Marina”, “Pelikan” with 3 or 4 stars villas.

The Reserves Ropotamo-Veleka are seven wetlands in the country with continental significance. From here in 1933 is the oldest nature reserve our Silkosiya. The unique nature of Strandja is protected by protected areas: eight reserves and natural landmarks. The Ropotamo river is famous with its beautiful water lily. Because of river’s pour into the Black sea, there was formed a firth. Here is found the whimsical rock The lion’s head.

Veleka is long 147 km and it springs from a Turkish area. It goes in Bulgaria through a beautiful rock gorge. The river here is with rock bottom and lots of swift currents. Then the river accept many feeders and it becomes very wide. It flows in Black sea by a beautiful estuar, which pours on the riverside wood, which gives a typical dense forest character.

Alepu is some km from Duni. This is a seaboard table-land, which is separate from the sea with a sandy line. Here migrate many kind of birds.

The Snake island is in the bay Alepu. The island is small and it’s called St. Toma, to the name of a small chapel. There are a lot of caves in the coasts where you can enter only under water. There the pirates hid their treasure. Here is the only deposit of wild artus in our country.

Arkutino is found a half km southern from the resort Duni. This is a swamp which is covered with water - lily, flags and creeper lianas.

Oily cape is the most eastern point of Stranja and it’s the third by size on the Bulgarian seacoast. The steep slopes make it inaccessible. In the past this place has a bad glory of a place of execution for many ships. Most of them conveyd amphoras with olive. This is the reason why this cape was named “Oily cape”.

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