Varna Religious Sights Tour, Varna (Self Guided)

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.
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Varna Religious Sights Tour Map

Guide Name: Varna Religious Sights Tour
Guide Location: Bulgaria » Varna (See other walking tours in 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 church.
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 1861.
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 Methodius are depicted on the larger south ones (looking towards the square), while the north ones portray St Angelarius and St Clement of Ohrid.

The copper domes, damaged by patina, were reconstructed and gilded in the spring of 2000. The façade was renovated the same year.

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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 Bulgarians.
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 icons.
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 rulers.
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 walls.

Walking Tours in Varna, Bulgaria

Create Your Own Walk in Varna

Create Your Own Walk in Varna

Creating your own self-guided walk in Varna is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Varna Daily Life Tour

Varna Daily Life Tour

One of the experiences from a trip to Varna is seeing the Bulgarians go about their daily lives. Take our Varna Daily Life Tour to see where the locals go, from shopping to recreation and everything in between.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
Varna Sea Garden Walking Tour

Varna Sea Garden Walking Tour

Sitting at the bay of the Black Sea, the Sea Garden is Varna's most famous attraction. Many tourists flock here to visit the local zoo and planetarium, or simply to walk along the beach and take wonderful photos.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Museum Walking Tour in Varna

Museum Walking Tour in Varna

As well as being the largest seaside holiday spot in Northern Bulgaria, Varna is a home to many museums. There you can learn about the nature, wildlife, art and history of Bulgaria. Take our tour to see the collections that Varna museums proudly display.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

The biggest holiday city in Bulgaria, Varna is packed with cafes, bars, art galleries and many other interesting places. This Black Sea port has clean beaches with turquoise waters, and boasts a truly picturesque landscape. Check out this Orientation Walk to have your trip to Varna off to a good start.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Varna Shopping Tour

Varna Shopping Tour

There are plenty of great shopping places in Varna, from shopping streets to souvenir stores, boutiques and more. Take our Varna Shopping Tour to explore the best shopping venues in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Varna for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Varna has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Varna, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.