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St. Anastasia Isle, Burgas

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St. Anastasia Island (остров св. Анастасия, ostrov Sv. Anastasiya, formerly called Bolshevik Island, остров Болшевик) is a Bulgarian islet in the Black Sea. It is located 1.5 km off the coast near Chernomorets, at 12 metres above sea level, and covers a territory of one hectare. It is the only inhabited island off the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast.The island is supplied with electricity and drinking water. It is named after the former St. Anastasia convent located on it. The convent had existed since the Middle Ages and was reconstructed during the 18th-19th century. It has been abandoned since 1923, when the island was transformed into a prison.In 1925, a group of 43 political prisoners (communists and anti-fascists), led by Teohar Bakardzhiev, revolted and escaped from the island, subsequently fleeing to the Soviet Union. In their honor, the island was renamed Bolshevik Island when the communists came into power in 1945. Bulgarian film director Rangel Valchanov based his 1958 film On The Small Island ("На малкия остров") on this event.A Bulgarian Burgas-based weekly newspaper, Factor, reported in 2006 that the Movement for Rights and Freedoms leader, Ahmed Dogan, visited the island and expressed desire to privatize it. The Bulgarian Orthodox Church, however, which claims the island is its property, would hear none of this.
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  • We went on a rainy day with four children,even though the weather was bad,we enjoyed the visit at the island.Information given from the guide at the museum was perfectly presented.There is a restauran...  more »
  • This is a very little island which is about 1 hour boat away from the port of Burgas. I think you may feel crowded if there are about 30~50 people on the island. There's not much thing to see. It took...  more »
  • St. Anastasia Island is a really lovely place. It's even smaller than you would expect, just a old monastery on an island barely the size of a football pitch. There is not a lot to do, but there is an...  more »