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City data

Date of establishment: Since 1000 BC, known as Odessos
Time zone: GMT +2, In summer GMT +3
Total area: 234 км?
Population: 366 837 inhabitants
Restaurants and cafes: Numerous in town
Cuisine: Bulgarian, Mediterranean
Shopping: Stores and boutiques in town
Normal opening hours: 0930 - 2000
Popular souvenirs: Rose oil, ceramics and embroidery.

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Port data

Official port name: Port of Varna
Location: 43°12’ N, 27°55’ E
Address: 1 Slaveikov Square, Varna 9000, Bulgaria
Telephone: +359 52 692232
Fax: +359 52 632953
VTS channel: 16/11
ISPS 24h contact: +359 52 632953

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Varna, Bulgaria

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What is the "Broken Stones"? Where were the largest terms in the Roman Empire? In what museum is the oldest of gold in the world? Varna will tell.

Origin of the name. Miletus Greeks who founded the city in 580-560 BC called it Odessos ("city on the water"), in honor of which two thousand years later will be called the city of Odessa. As for modern name, there are a lot of versions: some suggest that the name origins from the Slavic "voronoy" (black), according to others from the word "var" (lime). However, in ancient times so was called the river near the settlement of Odessos. Moreover, during 20 years the city bore the named Stalin.

History. In the stone and copper age there were several archaeological cultures in Varna, including those which received the same name, Varna culture of the Copper Age. Odessos was one of the largest ports in the Black Sea. In the III century BC the city fell into dependence of Macedonia, and later the Roman Empire. Nevertheless, trade and crafts are still developing favorably. The remains of Roman baths II century is still exist. Christianity in Varna began to spread early. According to the legend the bishop's cathedra in Odissopolys (another name of the city) had the bishop Amplias, which was the disciple of St. Paul the Apostle.


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• Sea Garden
• Ethnographic Museum
• Archaeological Museum
• Dolphinarium
• "Stone Forest"
• Roman Baths (Odessos)
• Rock Monastery "Aladja"
• Dormition Cathedral