Living Ancient Towns - Asagipinar and Rusokastro

Project code:CB005.2.21.059
Project call:CB005.2
Priority axis / Specific objective:2.1. Increasing the touristic attractiveness of the cross-border area through better utilisation of natural, cultural and historical heritage and related infrastructure
Type of project:Investment
Project duration in months:21
Project final contract amount:499950.42 €
Project EU co-financing rate:85.00 %
Project start date:24.07.2019
Project end date:23.04.2021
Project intervention field:094 Protection, development and promotion of public cultural and heritage assets
Project summary:

The overall objective of the project is increasing tourism attractiveness of the Cross border area through reconstruction and socialization of two very important archaeological tourism areas: the Rusokastro Fortress area in Kameno/ Bourgas and Asagipinar open air museum demonstrating prehistorically period and rich historical past of these lands.
The small scale construction of complex tourist zone for recreation and sport next to the Fortress Rusokastro including building a thematic space with an open-air classroom, a training board, amphitheatrically placing seating benches for the visitors, a thematic outdoor playground, an archery site, a rock climbing wall, benches, waste containers, information will be installed backgammon. One of the great attractions for children and adults will be the set up a new attraction - a Mini Model of the Rusokastro Fortress the smaller model of the fortress in its heyday.
Parallel activity from the Turkish project partners will be investment works in Asagipinar open air museum including construction of the Time Tunnel, which demonstrates prehistorically period in the Strandzha Mountain.
Another important objective of the project is the promotion of the two important sites by organizing three events promoting cultural and historical tourism in the cross-border area. Representatives of 20 cultural heritage sites will be invited in the jointly events "Our Living Ancient Towns" to participate with advertising materials and the web portal "Our Living Ancient Cities". There are also envisaged tours for tour operators on both sides, as well as visits of children to the historic sites.
As a result of the implementation of the project, successful reconstruction and socialization activities in Ruskoastro and Asagipinar ancient archaeological areas and developed new attractive tourism services for the visitors and tourist in Cross border area will be carried out and new attractive tourist services for visitors and tourists in the cross-border region will be developed.

Project status: Completed

The project ‘Living Ancient Towns – Asagipinar and Rusokastro’ aimed to increase the touristic potential of Kirkalreli and Bourgas districts by including two important historical and archaeological places in the tourist destinations in the cross-border area.

Important infrastructural works were done by the project in Asagipinar and Rusokastro archaeological areas. The infrastructural works were for increasing attractiveness of these two places and ensuring tourism services as playground place, rest place, walking areas and new exhibition areas.

Through the project, the online promotion of the sites was made and there was given a chance to the local tour operators to promote their tour offers online and free of charge.

Also, the made landscaping and upper-structural improvements were presented to the local tour operators through the organization of joint trial tours for representatives of the tourism sector in Kirklareli and Bourgas.

In the frame of the project in Open Air Museum and the archaeological site of Asağipinar were made the following improvements:

  • to the ensuring of the security of the area the surrounding wall was constructed with three service gates;
  • landscaping works were done and was constructed a solid way/path between the different parts of the area;
  • the Time tunnel exhibition building was covered;
  • infrastructural electricity works were done;
  • the fire safety system constructed.

The "Rocky Field" and "Wet Area" units present the prehistorically periods that were built including animal and human models.

In the frame of the project in Rusokastro Fortress archaeological area were made the following improvements of the complex tourist zone:

  • set up a new attraction - a Mini Model of the Rusokastro Fortress;
  • building a thematic space with an open-air classroom, a training board, amphitheatrically placing seating benches for the trainees;
  • construction of a thematic outdoor playground;
  • construction of an archery site;
  • construction of a boulder and rock climbing site;
  • construction of recreation areas - 2 kiosks, 2 arbours, delivery and installation of sets for tables with benches for recreation;
  • construction of a separate waste collection site with 4 pcs of "Bieber" buckets;
  • supply and installation of park furniture - benches, waste bins, information boards;
  • delivery and planting of a long-lasting decorative tree and shrub vegetation and grassing;
  • supply of a guard kiosk;
  • delivery and installation of a fence around the site;
  • delivery and installation of 2 containers for storage of sports equipment.

Also, promotional materials were prepared in three languages and spread in the region.



Leading partner
Kirklareli District Directorate of Culture and Tourism, Turkey
Municipality of Kameno, Bulgaria