INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON EUROPEAN CULTURAL ROUTE AS A DRIVING FORCE
FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN EUROPEAN IDENTITY
The European Cultural Itinerary:
“The Way to Jerusalem: Maritime Cultural and Pilgrimage Routes”
Meeting of Partners, Scientific Committee and Scientific Technical Committee
University of Salento. Sala Rettorato. Piazza Tancredi, n. 7 (Lecce), December 5, 2013
Leaf map with Jerusalem, 1581. Armenian ceramics by artist Arman Darian
The "Centro Studi G. Antonucci" and the International Association "The Way To Jerusalem" and The City of "Mesagne"
1st EDITION 2013 of INTERNATIONAL PHOTO CONTEST
"Guardando Gerusalemme. Il Paesaggio Natalizio"
Entrants must submit photographs
from 18 December 2013, at February 2, 2014
It is our pleasure to invite your organization to the first and unique, B2B Workshop, Educational & Press Tours dedicated matchmaking, global event of the tourism sector which will be held on 24 and 25 April 2014 in Burgas Region, Bulgaria.
With the participation of selected hosted exhibitors and decision makers, this event is unique for its business meetings arranged by a B2B matchmaking system, shows, exhibitions, conferences, workshops, etc. The activity aims to bring the specialized press and tour operators directly in the territories and tourism sights of Burgas Region (Bulgaria), where new Religious Tourist products are developed and acquaint them with the quality of facilities and services.
Within the event, Tourism Professionals of partner organisations will reach their markets while enjoying the opportunities of establishing new co-operations with tourism organisations and authorities from Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Romania, Hungary and other countries. Ministries, Regional Tourism Boards, Nongovernmental Organizations and Associations, disposing to join with a group of companies, lively welcome and can take advantages of tourism offers as well as extra brandings and promotional privileges.
Burgas Region is the southeast border of EU. It is situated in the south-eastern part of the Republic of Bulgaria. The administrative centre is the city of Burgas (210 000 inhabitants). The east border of the region is the Black Sea, south border - the Republic of Turkey. The area - 7 706 square кm and population - 420 830 people, there are 13 municipalities with 257 towns and villagesin the region.
Bourgas Religious Tourism Development Agency Directorate has developed and is promoting the following pilot products in Burgas Region (Bulgaria):
The Way to Jerusalem European Culture Route (part in Bulgaria)
The Way to Jerusalem route in Bulgaria is a part of the European Cultural Route in the Adraitic and Black Sea Regions that lead to the Holy Land. The general itinerary is based on the road and ancient trade routes but also on the accounts of some pilgrims testimony. It is considered as part of the Via Danubia along the western coast of the Black Sea to Constantinople (Via Pontica), Rhodes, and from there down to join the Adriatic way to Jerusalem. The section of the route in Burgas region is developed as a corridor with 3 itineraries, starting from North and going to the South, and finally reaching Istanbul.
The route allows skipping some of the settlements and developing self itineraries, depending on the time frame and special interests, thus covering only part of the corridor, connecting areas with high concentration of cultural and religious monuments. Itineraries - № 1:Inland itinerary passing diagonally through Strandja Mountain via Vize to Istanbul; № 2: Along the coast by land; № 3: Along the coast by sea.
Thracians Megalithic Culture Route –
The arguments for the selection of the Thracian megalithic cultural monuments as foundation for the development of religious and cultural route in the South-eastern part of Bulgaria (Burgas region) include:
The region is one of the relatively few areas of Thracian megalithic monuments in Bulgaria and the Balkans;
The concentration of Thracian megalithic monuments in Strandja Mountain is particularly high and some of the sites have very high cognitive value, thus they may be attractive for tourist visits;
The megalithic monuments are located in ecologically clean environment and together with the other valuable natural and manmade resources can support the development of the region as a specialized eco- and cultural tourism destination;
Proximity to the most developed tourist area of the country and to major resorts on the southern Black sea coast allows these sites to complement the product of mass tourism by enriching it with new and non-standard elements;
The presence of a large number of tourists with extended stationary stays in the resorts provides opportunities to attract significant interest (from both Bulgarian and foreign tourists) to the little known and practically unutilized megalithic monuments in the region and particularly in Strandja Mountain in the form of day visits or several days circuits.
Via Pontica – religious cultural route
Via Pontica is an ancient Roman road on the Balkans along the Black Sea, connecting Bosphorus with the Danube. It is a north-south route along the Black Sea which currently leads through the territory of Bugaria, starting from Byzantium and passing through Deultum (today Debelt), Aquae Calidae (today Burgas), Apollonia, Mesambria, Odessos, Byzone, Kaliakra (today in Bulgaria), Kallatis, Tomis and Istros (today in Romania).
Via Pontica is a cultural corridor which extends along the western and southern coast of the Black Sea, encompassing the picturesque Danube delta in Romania, parts of Bulgaria and Turkey down to the foot of the Caucasus. The territory is the meeting place of maritime cultures (Greek, Viking, Venetians and Genoese) with inland cultures (Scythian, Thracian, Dacian, Goth, Bulgarian, Slav and Roman).
The routes are linked with visits to religous and cultural sights and events on the following itineraries – Emona – Saint Vlas – Nessebar – Pomorie – Burgas; Burgas – Sozopol – Primorsko; Tsarevo – Ahtopol; Burgas – Aytos – Karnobat; Burgas – Rusokastro (Kameno) – Debelt (Sredets) – Malko Tarnovo.
Sozopol – the way of worship
Ancient Apollonia was one of the first places in the Balkans where Christianity penetrates. Medieval Sozopol was Episcopal center with more than 20 churches and 5 monasteries and numerous chapels.
There are two chapels, which are named after the town's patron Saint Marina. On 17 July, when the Church honors the saint Sozopol celebrates its feast. In recent years, the city becomes a preferred destination for pilgrimage tourism discovered relics of St. John the Baptist on the island of "St. John". In Sozopol we can worship also the relics of St. Andrew - the apostle who spread the seed of Christianity in the Black Sea and the relics of St. Nicholas. Sozopol is the only Bulgarian town that has canonized a saint - St. Zosimus and in his honor in the town was built a temple.