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Bulgaria’s Sozopol to Restore Ancient Statue of Apollo, ‘Colossus of Apollonia'

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« on: January 11, 2016, 02:23:28 am »

A side view of the modern-day human-sized replica of the ancient 13-meter statue of Apollo the Healer in Apollonia Pontica, today’s Sozopol. Photo: National Museum of History

Back in 2011, the local authorities in Bulgaria’s Sozopol decided to erect the Apollo statue near the Lighthouse (also known as “Migalkata", i.e. “The Twinkler") situated at the entrance of the Port of Sozopol.

Since 2011, however, during her excavations, archaeologist Krastina Panayotova has found the huge foundation of the original location of the Colossus of Apollonia Pontica on the Sts. Quiricus and Julietta Island, also known as the St. Cyricus Island (today a peninsula linked to the town of Sozopol on the Bulgarian mainland), which has also been found to have had a temple of Apollo.

Yet, in spite of the discovery of the statue’s original location, it was decided that it should not be rebuilt on the St. Cyricus Island because the view of it would be blocked by the huge modern-day buildings of the Sea Fishing School, and the headquarters of the local base of the Bulgarian Navy.
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