The Conference will be held in Sozopol, in Sofia
Technical University Leisure House, June 8-13, 2016
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.
In 2010, during archeological excavations of the nearby Saint Ivan (Saint John's) Island,
researchers unearthed holy relics of Saint John the Baptist. Today these invaluable
relics are in the care of authorities at The St. Cyril and St. Methodius Church and
attract pilgrims from all over the world. Old Sozopol and the relics of Saint John the Baptist
were voted the most important of "Bulgaria's Wonders" in 2011.
The venue, can be reached by air using Sofia and Bourgas airports or by
road via Bourgas.