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A Series of Posters Featuring Some of the Medieval Orthodox Churches in the Ancient City of NESSEBAR.
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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.
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 facade decoration. Those buildings occupy only strategic locations; you find them on the crossroads, the market streets, the sea shores.
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.