MEDIEVAL MONASTERY “ST. APOSTLES”
The archaeological site is located on cape Skamni – the dominant part of the Sozopol Peninsula. The excavations, conducted in the period 2011 – 2015, reveal traces of an ancient sanctuary – Thesmophorion, end of 6th – 3rd century BC, dedicated to Demeter and her daughter Kore – Persephone.
Remains of late antique and medieval fortress wall, with a polygonal tower, have been discovered.
At the beginning of the 11th century AD a small chapel (martyrium) was built, and in the 12th century AD a three-nave basilica around which was developed a large monastery complex, which functioned until the beginning of the 15th century AD. A large Christian necropolis, with more than 180 funerals, was also studied. In the period from the 16th to the 18th centuries AD a small Turkish garrison was based on the site. During the Revival period, the Christian tradition was restored with the construction of a small chapel and the building of the first secular school in Sozopol.