Church of Sveti Sedmochislenitsi, Sofia
Sveti sedmochislenitzi are the five students of Cyril and Methodii along with their enlighteners that were carrying the mission to spread and defend the Slavic Alphabet though the world . their names are - Kliment, Sava,Naum , Angelarii and Gorazd.
Sveti Sedmochislenitzi church is an example of the Bulgarian national-romanticism.
Build at the emplacement of Kodja Mehmet Dervis Djami (Imaret Djami) known also as "the Black Mosque" because of its minaret tiled with black marble. Destroyed before the liberation from Ottoman rule in 1878. The mosque was built after the plans of architect Sinan in 1528, commissioned by Mehmet Pasha ( Great Visier of Suleiman II the Magnificient - 1520-1566) . A turkish school for priests - a medrese - was later added , as well as caravanserai / jail and a bath. After 1878 the jail and the priest school were temporarily used as prison until building of the Central Prison.They were afterwards destroyed in 1929.
Reconstructed into a church after the idea of Petko Karavelov , who was jailed here between 1891 and 1894. The mosque was turned into an Otrhodox church in the years 1901 to 1903 , after the plans of Architects Milanov and Momchilov,in collaboration with architect Pomerantsev.
The exterior was entirely changed and was successfuly transformed with implementation of elements of the Bulgarian cultural heritage.
The electric clock on the western facade was a bold artistic decision for a church building and was placed in 1930 by G.Hadjinikolov.
The Iconostasis icons were made by Stefan Ivanov ,who was still a student at the School of painting back at the time. The internal walls were painted by Anton Mitov and Stefan Badzhov ,both students from his class. At the end of 20th century , Assen Gitzov ,from the national Art Academy , completed the painting of the church.
Buried in the yard near the apsida are Petko and Ekaterina Karavelovi.
This building used to be a mosque when Bulgaria was under the Ottoman Turks. It is situated in Graf Ignatiev Street. There is a small park in front of the church, a playground and a cafe. Right next to it, along the street there is a small marked where you can buy fruit, veggies and nuts. There is even a stall with tons of exotic fruits. Most of the fruits even my husband couldn't recognize, although he comes from a tropical country. The prices are very high, too. There are also several stalls selling a huge variety of nuts, seeds and dried fruit at very reasonable prices. I buy my pistachios, cashews, almonds, prunes and apricots there.
Procession in Sveti Sedmochislenitzi church, dedicated to the seven aposltes led by the head of the Orthodox Church in Bulgaria - Patriarch Maxim.