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Although it tends to be overlooked as Varna’s ugly sister, Burgas is in fact a pleasant city, whose pedestrianized centre has benefited from recent refurbishment. In the early 1800s, Burgas was depopulated after attacks by kûrzdhalii bandits, but by the mid-19th century it had recovered to enjoy an economic boom based on craftsmanship and the export of grain. Burgas has several fine churches and interesting museums.

The Ethnographic Museum, in a 19th-century house, contains a collection of local traditional costume, including women’s aprons whose distinctive and colourful designs were unique to their villages. Also on display are some intimidating kukeri costumes, complete with bells and wooden swords. Nearby is the bulky Church of SS Kiril i Metodii, designed by Ricardo Toskanini, the Italian architect who strongly influenced Burgas’s architecture in the early 20th century.

At the Natural History Museum visitors can see a glittering array of Bulgarian minerals and giant Brazilian crystals, as well as butterflies, insects, crustaceans and stuffed mammals. On the corner of ulitsa Mitropolit and ulitsa Lermontov, the little Armenian Church (variable opening hours) is a striking sight. Its attractive exterior belies its dour interior. Built in 1853, it serves Burgas’s small Armenian community. Close by is The Church of SS Kiril i Metodii in Burgas, completed in 1905 Salt pans at the Salt Museum on the outskirts of Pomorie the Archaeological Museum. 

Its small but captivating display begins with axe heads, stone anchors and knives dating back ten thousand years. Bronze Age pottery is followed by various items from the period of Greek colonization.  

The most striking exhibits are a gold necklace and earrings found at the cremation site of a Thracian priestess. Burgas’s Art Gallery, in a former synagogue, offers the opportunity to see some fine 18 - 19 th - century icons, as well as works by modern Bulgarian painters and local artists.  

Just outside the town centre, at the far end of bulevard Bogoridi, are the attractive Sea Gardens. They were laid out in 1910, with open-air cafés and restaurants that command sea views. Some intriguing Eastern-bloc sculptures of the 1970 are dotted about between flowerbeds. Just outside Burgas, on the road to Sozopol, is Lake Poda, a haven for rare birds and plants. Managed by the Bulgarian Society for the Preservation of Birds, the lake and its environs are of international importance as a habitat for breeding colonies of spoonbills, ibises and herons.



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