Photographer's Note

Hi everybody!
I am nursing a nasty pneumonia at home for about a week now and unfortunately I do not spend much time in front of my computer resently. Nevertheless, today I would like to show you a typical fresco which style is widely spread in Bulgarian churches.
This is the mural painting of the entrance of St. George church in Sozopol - picturesque town, located 34 km South of Bourgas, on the Black Sea Coast.

Sozopol is one of the earliest towns on tne Bulgarian Black Sea Coast and dates from 2610 years ago.
The Tracians were its first inhabitants but in 620 B.C. immigrants from the rich city of Milet /b.t.w. the same immigrants established Varna as a city too/ - the largest South Greek centre on the Asia Minor coast - turned the old Tracian settlement into a rich Hellenic colony with the name Apolonia-Pontica.
At the beginning of c.4, with the great political and ethnical changes in the Roman Empire and the growth of Constantinople's /now Istanbul/ the town gained even more significance and was re-named to Sozopolis - the town of salvation.
After the fall of Sozopol under Ottoman oppression in 1453, it gradually declined and turned into a poor fishermen's and wine producers' settlement.
It started to recover in the years just before National Liberation in 1878 because of the exclusive hardiness and vitality of its citizents. At that time, at 1867, was built the St.George's church with this beautiful mural painitng right above the main entrance.
Centuries of historical layering make Sozopol unique museum on a world scale and show the development of the most remarkable human civilizations.

Post processing: saturation, sharpening, a bit cropping and rotating.
All comments for improvement are warmly welcomed!

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