Jubilee Discussion “The Wonders of Bulgaria” in Sozopol on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Standart newspaper and the 7th anniversary from the beginning of the campaign “The Wonders of Bulgaria”


The eminent event took place on 10.08.2017 in the town of Sozopol. The beginning was given at 14:00 by Ms. Slavka Bozukova – editor-in-chief of the Standard newspaper. The main speakers in the discussion were Mr. Panayot Reyzi – Mayor of Sozopol, Ms. Slavka Bozukova – Editor-in-Chief of Standart newspaper, Ms. Nikolina Angelkova – Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria, Ms. Amelia Gesheva – Deputy Minister of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria.

The main topic of the discussion was how to improve the cultural and pilgrimage tourism on the territory of the municipality of Sozopol, how to avoid the seasonality of the tourism and to make it so that the town of Sozopol to be visited all year round.

Problems related to the Archaeological Reserve “The ancient city of Apollonia”

Archaeological Reserve “The ancient city of Apollonia” and an adjacent area
of the island of St. Kirik and Julita

and Archaeological Reserve islands of “St.St. Ivan and Peter” were discussed.

Archaeological Reserve islands of “St.St. Ivan and Peter”

From left to right: Ms. Amelia Gesheva – Deputy Minister of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria,
Ms. Nikolina Angelkova – Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria,
Ms. Slavka Bozukova – editor-in-chief of the Standard newspaper and
Mr. Panayot Reyzi – Mayor of Sozopol

The event was also attended by Mr. Valcho Cholakov, District Governor of Burgas, who highlighted the good relationship between the regional government and Sozopol Foundation,

Mr. Valcho Cholakov, District Governor of Burgas

prof. d.h.s. Kazimir Popkonstantinov – Head of the team of archaeologists, discovered the reliquary with the relics of St. John the Baptist, under project „Ancient Sozopol – Saint John the Precursor Monastery – Culture through the Centuries” prepared and implemented by Sozopol Foundation as a beneficiary with partner Sozopol Municipality.

Mr. Popkonstantinov gave more details about the scientific value of the discovery made.

Prof. d.h.s. Kazimir Popkonstantinov – Head of the team of archaeologists under the project

The project „Ancient Sozopol – Saint John the Precursor Monastery – Culture through the Centuries” was funded by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area with the leading financial contribution of the Kingdom of Norway. The event was attended by hoteliers, restaurants, archaeologists, historians, businessmen and other interested parties.

The discussion attended also Mr. Kiril Arnautski – Chairman of Sozopol Foundation – the first Bulgarian NGO in a consultative partnership with UNESCO, and one of the few Bulgarian NGOs with special consultative status with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Policy, as well as Mr. Orlin Penev – Chairman of the Initiative Committee for Restoration of Orthodox Church “St. St. Cyril and Methodius”. Mr. Penev highlighted the exceptionally active work of Sozopol Foundation in national and international plan.

Left: Mr. Kiril Arnautski – Chairman of Sozopol Foundation; Right Mr. Orlin Penev – Chairman of the Initiative Committee for Restoration of Orthodox Church “St. St. Cyril and Methodius”

Future actions were discussed – rebuilding the Marine School and the temple of Apollo on the island of St. Kirik and Julita; building new tourist itineraries – which has to be undertaken in order to develop cultural and historical and pilgrimage tourism.

The guests congratulated the 7th anniversary of “The Wonders of Bulgaria” – the largest public campaign in Bulgaria to preserve and promote our rich cultural heritage. All expressed satisfaction and gratitude for the fruitful discussion and shared that the right way to solve the problems was the active cooperation between the state institutions, the local government, the non-governmental sector, etc.