Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, Varna

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    The Cathedral of Varna

    by mirchica Written Jun 9, 2008

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    TheCathedral is the largest and most famous Bulgarian Orthodox cathedral in the Bulgarian Black Sea port city of Varna, officially opened on 30 August 1886. It is the residence of the bishopric of Varna and Preslav and one of the symbols of Varna.
    Primarily materials from the vicinity of Varna were used for the construction of the cathedral. Stones from the destroyed fortified walls of the city were collected, material for the façade was brought from the neighbouring villages of Lyuben Karavelovo and Kumanovo, the inner columns were made of local stone. The outer columns under the windows used stone from Rousse and the arches relied on limy freestone. Copper plates for the roof, as well as elevating gear to lift the blocks of stone, were brought from England

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    The Cathedral "Holy Godmother" 1886

    by desert_princess Updated Dec 7, 2007

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    The Cathedral "Holy Godmother" built in 1886, is THE landmark of the city.
    Its architectural design was made in St. Petersburg / Russia. The cathedral is famous for its murals and icons.The sqare in front of the cathedral is used for Navy parades , celebrations and festivities.

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    The Cathedral

    by zlatiq Updated Dec 3, 2007

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    The Cathedral is the main hallmark of Varna. It's named Uspenie Presvyatiya Bogoroditzi or the Assumption of the Holly Mother in honour of the Russian empress Maria Alexandrovna who was aunt of that day bulgarian ruler, prince Alexander I Batenberg.

    The Cathedral was meant to symbolize the separation of the bulgarian church from the greek one and to show our close ties with the russian church after the Russo-Turkish war ( that led to liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman empire). The history behind its building is very interesting, as material was brought from all over bulgaria and europe. The first stone was laid in 1880 and it took only 6 years to be finished.

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    The Church of the Assumption

    by viddra Updated Aug 10, 2007

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    This is one of the most famous buildings and symbols of Varna.

    The Church of the Assumption, the second in scale after St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, was erected in 1884-1886 by Gencho Kunev in honour of the Liberation from Ottoman yoke. It has got a spacious interior, where you can see a woodcarver iconostasis by masters belonging to the school of Debur, stained glass... The church was painted in 1949-1950.

    You can even climb 133 steps to the bell-tower and enjoy the view over the surroundings.

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    Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin

    by bijo69 Updated Aug 17, 2006

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    This beautiful cathedral was built between 1880 and 1886 and is the third in size in Bulgaria (largest is the Aleksander Nevski Cathedral in Sofia). It has very colourful murals from the late 1940ies.
    Admission is free, but if you want to take photos inside, you'll be charged 5 BGN. The cathedral is open from 6am to 10pm.

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    Varna Cathedral

    by novsco61 Updated Oct 13, 2004

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    The Varna Cathedral (1884-1886) - second in scale after St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia.

    Erected in honour of the Liberation from Ottoman yoke. Modern Byzantine architecture, spacious interior, woodcarved iconostasis by masters belonging to the School of Debur, stained glass. Painted in 1949-1950, it is declared monument of culture.

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    Cathedral

    by Galyam Written Mar 29, 2004

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    It is located in the center of the city. I am surte you will like it. Just be very careful with your handbags and rucksacks in the central region and busses as there are many jypsies there and you will not notice when they steel your wallet.

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    The Cathedral of the Assumption

    by Dalibor79 Written Jan 16, 2003

    The 19th century Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin is an imposing landmark, which contains a finely carved iconostasis and bishop's throne, some interesting murals and stained glass.

    The 2nd century thermae are the remains of the largest Roman public building in Bulgaria. During this century enough has been revealed by archaeologists to give a good impression of the original layout, though some parts of the building remain hidden under nearby streets. Coming across an extensive ancient building amidst the streets and houses of a modern city is not unusual in Bulgaria, but is always a delight.

    Further from the centre, a granite monument commemorates the Battle of Varna, which took place in 1444. Here 30,000 Crusaders were waiting to sail to Constantinople when they were attacked by 120,000 Turks. The Polish King Ladislas was killed in a bold attempt to capture the Sultan Murad. The subsequent retreat foreshadowed Christendom's general retreat before the advancing Ottomans.

    North of Varna there is a cluster of seaside resorts all with fine - sandy beaches but differing in size and style.

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    The Cathedral of the Assumption

    by Dalibor79 Written Jan 16, 2003

    The 19th century Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin is an imposing landmark, which contains a finely carved iconostasis and bishop's throne, some interesting murals and stained glass.

    The 2nd century thermae are the remains of the largest Roman public building in Bulgaria. During this century enough has been revealed by archaeologists to give a good impression of the original layout, though some parts of the building remain hidden under nearby streets. Coming across an extensive ancient building amidst the streets and houses of a modern city is not unusual in Bulgaria, but is always a delight.

    Further from the centre, a granite monument commemorates the Battle of Varna, which took place in 1444. Here 30,000 Crusaders were waiting to sail to Constantinople when they were attacked by 120,000 Turks. The Polish King Ladislas was killed in a bold attempt to capture the Sultan Murad. The subsequent retreat foreshadowed Christendom's general retreat before the advancing Ottomans.

    North of Varna there is a cluster of seaside resorts all with fine - sandy beaches but differing in size and style.

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    Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin

    by Leipzig Updated Sep 5, 2002

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    Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin

    This Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin is the landmark of Varna. Prince Alexander Battenberg placed the first stone in the foundation of the construction on August 22, 1880. The building was completed in 1886.

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  • Visit the cathedral of the Holy Virgin

    by ivai Written Jan 5, 2006

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    Of course you shouldn't miss the cathedral of the Holy Virgin or “Sveto Uspenie Bogorodichno”. It is the most impressive monument in Varna and is located in the heart of town.

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    The Cathedral

    by ettenaj Written Nov 6, 2004

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    The cathedral in Varna looks nice by day, but you must go to see it at night when it is lit up, it looks stunning.

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    CATHEDRAL OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE VIRGIN

    by jani79 Updated Sep 2, 2003

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    Huge cathedral in the city-centrum, built in 1886.
    Entry should be free, though there were two priests at the gate and some of (foreign) tourists had to pay some admission.

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