Monuments of Architecture
Alexandrovska Street has earned the title of Largo (Main Street) and is the most visited and busiest street in Burgas. Walking down Alexandrovska Str. you will meet many smiling and welcoming eyes, you will have ice-cream or corn on the cob, you will eat at the little pub at the corner, you will enjoy the sounds of the street musicians and you will find all that is special to this city… you will find the spirit of Burgas, which attracts visitors from all around the world.
The Lighthouse in Burgas is the first Bulgarian port lighthouse, lit at the end of the 19th century, which has been leading the ships on their journeys. According to legend, the lighthouse must be protected, or bad things will befall the city. That is why public access is limited. It can be seen from the Central Beach and the Pier.
The Lermontov House was built in 1878 by Dimitros Haralambus – a Burgas merchant and city councilman. The main entrance is an arch and in a deep alcove there are steps made of green Aytos stone. The first floor windows have original iron bars, framed by a lower ledge.
Concert Hall “Ivan Vulpe” has been an architectural monument of culture since 1930’s. The building is part of the Burgas Philharmonic and is part of the rich history of music art in the city. With its diverse cultural programme, “Ivan Vulpe” Concert Hall attracts citizens and visitors – every year the hall hosts a number of cultural events – chamber, symphonic and ballet concerts, recitals, film showings and international competitions.
Built in the beginning of 20th century, the Clock at the corner of Bogoridi Str. and Alexandrovska Str. is one of the undoubted symbols of Burgas. It is the favourite place for meeting up with friends for generations of Burgas citizens. The Clock even today keeps not only perfect time, but also the memory of many first dates and heartfelt hugs.
One of the many attractions of Burgas and one of the city symbols is the Gramophone, which is located at the oldest largo of Burgas – Bogoridi Str.
The Old Burgas citizens say that when you turn the gramophone handle and listen really carefully, you can hear the name of the person who loves you.
Art Gallery “Petko Zadgorski” is one of the oldest galleries in the country. It’s hosted in the building of a specially reorganised synagogue which was built in the beginning of the previous century, by the design of the Italian architect Ricardo Toscani. The gallery is named after the great Burgas artist and sculptor Petko Zadgorski (1902-1974) who was the first chairman of the Bulgarian Artist Company, founded in the 1960’s. The gallery stock consists of 2000 fine arts, sculpture and graphic works of art.
If you wander from where to start your seesight – the best place is the “Compass” which is located on the main street – Alexandrovska Str. The Compass marks the zero kilometre of Burgas (elevation 0) and is a bronze piece of art – a stylish decorative plate with relief images. This special symbol is the point against which everything else in the city is measured, even the satellite navigation.
If you wander where to go in Burgas try The Pier. This is one of the symbols of the city and a favorite place for citizens and guests of Burgas.
The Pantheon in the Sea Garden was built in 1981 as a monument commemorating the perished antifascists. It is one of the symbolic monuments of Burgas. Until the political changes in 1989 there was an “eternal fire” burning in its central part and the building was guarded by military men who kept a non-stop guard.
Located in the centre of Burgas, the Arch of St. Nikolay Miracleworker is marvellous creation of metal and stone, both sides of which have a bas-relief of the iconographic image of St. Nikolay Mirlikiyski – patron saint of Burgas. 6th December is the Day of St. Nikolay Miracleworker and also the Day of Burgas.
15 km from Burgas, between districts Vetren and Banevo, Aquae Calidae is part of the nature park Mineralni bani. Next to the archaeological reserve can be found a sanatorium with spa and public fountains with mineral water. The Archaeological Reserve consists of ancient and medieval baths, medieval Christian church, fortress walls and facilities connected to the defence system, Thracian tomb and other monuments.
St Anastasia Island is located in the Burgas Bay in the Black Sea. It is a volcanic rock island, 12 meters high, and its area is almost 9 decres. Between 1959 and 1990 it was known as Bolshevik Island. It is surrounded by mystery and there are hundreds of legends and stories about treasures and sea pirates.