Venue and Location
The conference will be held in Sozopol (the Hotel “Military-Marine club”, Respublikanska Street 18) the oldest Bulgarian town on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. Sozopol is located 35 km from Bourgas, the nearest international airport. The international airport Bourgas is accessible by daily flights from many airports of Europe, Asia and America. No visa is required for the citizens of the USA, Mexico, Brasil, Australia, Canada, EU, Japan, Israel and Croatia. Detailed visa information is available on the conference web site.
The town of Sozopol is located 34 kilometers south of Bourgas on a slender rocky peninsula and is the oldest of Bulgaria’s coastal towns. Founded in 610 BC by Miletian Greeks, their colony of Apollonia thrived as a middleman between the Greek world and the indigenous Thracians. Today, this charming place is a popular tourist resort best known for its casual ambiance, two sandy beaches, and distinctive nineteenth-century stone and wood houses.
A stroll along the old town’s twisting, narrow cobblestone lanes reveals a host of National Revival-era houses, their stone foundations and overhanging upper stories of weathered wood topped by Mediterranean-style red-tiled roofs. Sea-facing Morski Skali and Milet streets are lined with small restaurants and cafes, ideal for taking in the views while digging into a plate of tasty locally-raised midi (mussels).
Notable sights in the old town include the 17th-century Sveta Bogoroditsa (Holy Virgin) Church, built partly below ground in accordance with prevailing Ottoman dictates and Chapel St. Zosim built in 1857 in the park of the town, over the ruins of a mediaeval church. Also, Sozopol’s archaeological museum features a collection of amphorae, stone anchors, and model ships representative of the Phoenicians, Cypriots and other ancient mariners who sailed into Apollonia harbor. Relative to the old town, the new town is somewhat colorless although it does feature the better of Sozopol’s two beaches, located on the southern side of the Harmanite (“threshing-floor”) headland.
Accommodation is possible in the Hotel “Military-Marine Club”.
Please contact Prof. Ivan N. Kodjabashev