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Cape Skamni and the Monastery of St. Apostles – historical epochs, traditions, and faith


Skamni is the name of the southeast part of the cape, which is the end of the Sozopol Peninsula. As a result from conducted field archaeological studies, it was established that the inhabitants of the Greek colony Apollonia and the Medieval Sozopol had always considered this windy side of the peninsula as a place of rituals.

As early as 6th century BC, the volcanic rocks, protruding into the sea and having many cracks and artificial cuttings, turned into a sanctuary that remained operational until 3rd century BC.

In 11th century the inside of the curtain wall, a small chapel (probably a cemetery one) was built, whose floor was covered with marble plates. Later (12th century), an impressive basilica with a nave and two aisles was erected right to the west of it. The choice of location for the church was not an accident – its northern nave includes a rock-hewn holy reservoir for water from the Greek sanctuary. After significant reconstruction of the temple in around 15th century, including partitioning some of the entrances and placement of new flooring of bricks, the temple existed until 17th century. The archaeological studies at Cape Skamniy have opened a new page in the history of Apollonia Pontica – Sozopolis – Sozopol. The lack of written information is filled by artifacts that reflect religious beliefs and economic relations of the inhabitants of the ancient town. The study of this sacred territory allows religious heritage in different cultures to be evidenced.

The project includes emergency conservation, restoration and socialization of the discovered archaeological structures, installation of lighting, construction of pertaining infrastructure and provision of accessible environment for people with specific needs.

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