6 Mar 2019

History and Landmarks of Sozopol – The Town of Refuge

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The history of Sozopol dates back to as far as the ancient Greek times when settlers arrived here with the intention of founding a polis (city-state) on the site, in around 600 BC. According to ancient Greek mythology, the name of the polis was Apollonia, named after Apollon, the God of Music and Poetry.


During the course of history, the city which is now Sozopol was destroyed in multiple occasions: first by the Romans in 72 BC, then in 1453 by Turkish hordes, the latter focusing on destroying all the medieval churches.

Albeit there are no buildings and churches left from the ancient and medieval times, we can still find exciting historical buildings from the 18th and 19th century, and we can spend our days on two beautiful sandy beaches.

The Isle of St John is nearby, where a monastery was built in the medieval ages, but this got also destroyed by the Turks. You may still see its ruins, along with the lighthouse on the island; just make your way to the port and catch a water taxi to get there.

Sozopol
sozopol boat