Nesebur

The UNESCO World Heritage listed ancient peninsula of Nesebur is mostly known for its Medieval churches, but there are plenty of other attractions. This post will highlight things to see other than the Medieval churches.

On the artificial isthmus that connects the peninsula to the mainland (Nesebur was once an island), there’s an old windmill that makes for a popular photo spot.

Windmill in Nesebur, Bulgaria

Windmill

Once you reach the entrance to the ancient peninsula, you can see the Byzantine fortifications and gate.

Fortifications in Nesebur, Bulgaria

Fortifications

Fortifications in Nesebur, Bulgaria

Fortifications

Fortifications in Nesebur, Bulgaria

Fortifications

The Archaeological Museum is just inside the gates. It presents the history of ancient Mesembria to Medieval times, with pottery, coins, jewelry, and icons. There’s also an ethnographic museum that I didn’t visit (see the map below).

Archaeological Museum in Nesebur, Bulgaria

Archaeological Museum

The charming cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways winding through the peninsula are filled with wooden Ottoman and Bulgarian Revival homes, many doubling as souvenir shops, boutique hotels, and restaurants.

Nesebur, Bulgaria

Nesebur

Nesebur, Bulgaria

Nesebur

Nesebur, Bulgaria

Nesebur

Nesebur, Bulgaria

Nesebur

Scenic seaside roads surround the peninsula allowing for more spectacular views.

Nesebur, Bulgaria

Nesebur

Nesebur, Bulgaria

Nesebur

Nesebur, Bulgaria

Nesebur

Nesebur, Bulgaria

Nesebur

Secular buildings scattered throughout town include a theatre (steps from the Church of Sveti Stefan) and 5th century Roman baths (behind the Church of Sveti Spas).

Theatre in Nesebur, Bulgaria

Theatre

Roman baths in Nesebur, Bulgaria

Roman baths

On the northern side of town is Uspenie Bogoroditschno, probably the newest church in town. It’s a Bulgarian Orthodox church built in 1873.

Uspenie Bogoroditschno in Nesebur, Bulgaria

Uspenie Bogoroditschno

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