Three must-see churches in Bulgaria. Bulgaria is not the first country that comes to your lips when you are planning a European road trip, but it should be. Bulgaria offers so much for a traveler. Here are three highlights.
Several hours east of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, on a relaxing bus ride, is Veliko Târnovo. Veliko Târnovo dates back over 5,000 millennia with ancient settlements. During the Second Bulgarian Empire it was known as the “City of the Tsars”. And, today it is an educational and cultural center of Bulgaria.
Veliko Târnovo is anchored by Tsarevets Fortress, which is perched on a hill within the town. Medieval Tsars formally called this fortress homes. Within its grounds it contains over 400 houses, 18 churches and the royal palace. The first fortress dates back to the 5th century. Over the centuries, it has been destroyed and damaged, and then rebuilt. The Church of the Blessed Saviour within its grounds dates back to the 13th century.
Dormition of the Mother of God Cathedral
In the center of Black Sea city, Varna, is the glorious Dormition of the Mother of God Cathedral. This Bulgarian Orthodox church is the second largest in the country. It was opened in the late 19th century. At night, it is bathed in a golden light. And in daytime I admired the frescos that soared to the heights of the church.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a monument basilica located in the capital of Sofia. The bell tower stretches over 170 feet. This is another 19th century creation. The church was named after a Russian Price, Alexander Nevsky, and was built in honor of Russian soldiers who perished fighting in the Russo-Turkish War, where Bulgaria gained its independence. Three must-see churches in Bulgaria.