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AHTOPOL

Ahtopol is situated on a small, rocky peninsula 14 km from Tsarevo.
The archeological finds in the earth of the city testify to the existence of a settlement as early as the Neolithic Age and the Copper-Stone Age. There are later cultural strata from the times of the Thracians (from the Tini tribe), Greeks and Romans. The Roman settlement was called Peronticus, and the Byzantine - Agathopolis (good city). Agathopolis (Agatopol), within the territories of Byzantium, was a Bishopric under the scepter of the Archbishop of Adrianopolis (Odrin). As with other coastal cities, it often changed hands depending on the victor of the latest battle between Byzantium and Bulgaria. During the Ottoman rule it was known as Ahtenbolu (Ahtebuli) and was a centre of the nahiye (a small administrative unit). In October 1918, a catastrophic fire destroyed Ahtopol. The present was built anew.

LANDMARKS
• The Ascension of the Lord's Church (1796).
• The Monastery-Church of St. Yani (St. John the Precursor), whose earliest stage of construction began during the 12th century.
• The mouth of the Veleka River 5 km from Ahtopol - one of the most beautiful rivers on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, along with Kamchia and Ropotamo.
• The village of Kosti, near the mouth of the Veleka River, known for its fire-walking dances.
• The village of Varvara 3 km from Ahtopol with pebble beaches, popular with divers and shellfish and scallop seekers.
• The village of Sinemorets • 10 km from Ahtopol with three beaches and a campsite.

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