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Petar
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A Series of Posters Fea­tur­ing Some of the Medi­eval Ortho­dox Churches in the Ancient City of NESSE­BAR

St. Archangels Michael and Gabriel (30x40cm)
Christ Pan­to­crator (30x40cm)
St. John Alitur­ge­tos (30x40cm)

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Nesse­bar is an impress­ive place to go. It is a small rocky pen­in­sula on the Black Sea coast in Bul­garia. It is linked to the main­land through a narrow passage and looks like a giant ship, tied to the shore.

Read more in my article:
If Nesse­bar was Pompeii

The first set­tlers here came in the Bronze Age, some 3200 years ago. Since then Nesse­bar had remained a stra­tegic trading port, named with a Capital letter in every ancient map! Today, at the first glance it is not dif­fer­ent than any other typical old town with ver­nacu­lar archi­tec­ture and a maze of cobble stone streets. Yet, the visitor is aston­ished how easy it is to spot at every corner traces form Ancient Greece, Bul­garian Medi­eval King­doms, and Byz­antine Empire. 

The life in Nesse­bar con­tin­ued through the cen­tur­ies without inter­rup­tion, making this place an unique example of  cul­tural syn­thesis. For this reason the Ancient city of Nesse­bar has been inscribed in the World Her­it­age List of UNESCO

The most cher­ished monu­ments in Nesse­bar are the Medi­eval Ortho­dox Churches. They appear as ‘Lords, walking through a crowd’ in their vibrant façade dec­or­a­tion. Those build­ings occupy only stra­tegic loc­a­tions; you find them on the cross­roads, the market streets, the sea shores.

Read more in my article:
If Nesse­bar was Pompeii

Each Poster fea­tures one par­tic­u­lar church of the Ancient City of Nesse­bar. But it is not presen­ted as an accur­ate drawing, nor as a precise illus­tra­tion. It is presen­ted as an image of what you would remem­ber after a visit to that par­tic­u­lar church. 

This image cap­tures the most impress­ive ele­ments, which are often located on dif­fer­ent facades. On the poster those ele­ments are com­bined and pro­jec­ted on one plane. 

Look care­fully. Although the com­pos­i­tion is always very regular, in each poster you can spot some irreg­u­lar­it­ies left on purpose. They break the common rhythm and spoil the perfect order. Accord­ing to the Bul­garian tra­di­tion, this must be done for good fortune. 

The churches in Nesse­bar belong to one archi­tec­tural style known as the Pic­tur­esque Style. They are small in size but rich in dec­or­a­tion with vibrant colors. 

The facades are not at all flat. Their surface is varied with archi­tec­tural ele­ments purely for dec­or­at­ive effect. They differ from site to site but the most common are blind niches, series of joined arches as a frieze, and pat­terns made of small bricks. The com­pos­i­tion is enriched by the inclu­sion (here and there) of  pieces of older build­ing, the so called spolia. The facades of one church are dif­fer­ent at each side. Those which are exposed to the main streets are more elab­or­ated in con­trast to those which are facing the back alleys.  

The colors are the natural colors of the mater­i­als: white stone, red brick, grey sand­stone. They are com­pli­men­ted with glazed ceramic orna­ments in the shape of tulips, roses, and circles, painted in glit­ter­ing green.