Varna Religious Sights Tour, Varna

Varna Religious Sights Tour, Varna
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Varna is a city with many great places of worship that bring the history of faith in Bulgaria into a sharp focus. In a mostly Orthodox Christian country, the majority of Varna's churches are part of this confession. However there are also some mosques that reflect the once powerful influence of the Ottoman Empire. Take our tour to see the key places of worship in Varna.

Varna Religious Sights Tour - Route Map

Guide Name: Varna Religious Sights Tour
Guide Location: Bulgaria » Varna
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Author: Maia
St. Paraskeva Petka Orthodox Church

1) St. Paraskeva Petka Orthodox Church

The Sveta Paraskeva Petka Church - also known simply as Sveta Petka - was founded in the first years of the 20th Century. Unlike some other churches in the city, it remains intact in its original state. Interestingly, it was not painted until 1973 when a number of icons were added to the walls. These fascinating images of saints complete the experience of what is already a very beautiful...   view more
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Aziziye Mosque

2) Aziziye Mosque

Located on Angel Georgiev Street, the Aziziye Mosque is so old that nobody knows for sure when it opened. Some say it was founded back in 1795. This beautiful mosque features a classic square-based minaret to the right of the entrance. The mosque took its name from Sultan Abdul Aziz of the Ottoman Empire, who reigned in...   view more
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Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral

3) Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral (must see)

The Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral 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.

The decoration of the Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral began after 1949 under Professor N. Rostovtsev, who donated the narthex murals.

The large painted windows were installed in the 1960s. Saints Cyril and...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

4) St. Nicholas Orthodox Church (must see)

Built in 1865, the St Nicholas church was funded by Paraskeva Nikolau, who bequeathed 50,000 roubles for its construction. Initially, when opened, it was thought of as a Greek church due to its Greek Orthodox style, unusual to...   view more
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St. Sarkis Armenian Orthodox Church

5) St. Sarkis Armenian Orthodox Church (must see)

This church was completely destroyed by fire in 1843; its reconstruction started only a year later. Seen from above, the rebuilt temple resembles a cross in the form of an unusually shaped bell-tower dome that is typical of Armenian and Georgian temples. The walls are painted in a byzantine manner and feature artistic...   view more
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Virgin Mary Panagia Orthodox Church

6) Virgin Mary Panagia Orthodox Church

Founded in 1602, this church is situated next to the Roman Baths. It was burnt down and then restored in 1640. Until 1914 the church was under the tutelage of the Greek Archdiocese. Closed for ten years, it was reopened in 1924. The most important treasure of this church is its icons. The church itself is rather small due to the strict regulations imposed on Christian churches by the Ottoman...   view more
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St. Atanassiy Orthodox Church

7) St. Atanassiy Orthodox Church (must see)

This church was built in 1838 on the same site as a previous structure of the same name, which was destroyed by fire in 1836. Many beautiful icons are stored here, and the church itself is very ornately decorated. There are beautiful images of flowers, animals, tree leaves and crosses adorning the church...   view more
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