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Varna Cathedral

Located in the center of Varna, the Cathedral now is among the most famous Varna`s attractions. The Cathedral or Temple ‘the Assu of Most Holy Merry’ is one of the most visited places by tourists and among the symbols of the sea capital. This temple is the first memorial, built in memory and glorification of Russian soldiers, perished in the war for liberation of Bulgaria.

History
When in 1878 Bulgaria is liberated from Turkish yoke, the need of big and impressive temple in Varna is raised, prompted by the words of the Russian imperial commissar prince Dondukov-Korsakov. He is declared his willingness to help in building of a temple, which should be unmatched in the country.

A commission is gathered to work out a plan, which later is submited for approval to Alexander Battenberg – a prince of Bulgarian principality. The prince approved the plan, but namely he is who chosen the place where the future cathedral is built. He also is laying the foundation stone of the building. The temple is built in the course of 6 years and is ready in 1886.

Construction of Varna Cathedral
Cathedral facade is made of stones, dragged from the nearby villages. The inner columns are made of a solid stone, get from a region in the northeast from Varna. The stones for the outer columns are supplied from Ruse. The vault archs are made of travertine and the domes are coated in copper tin-plate. The completed cathedral is impressive in size with cross domes. The entire decoration of the temple is started in 1949.

Divine services
Since 1886 the Cathedral officiates every day. Thousands of believers are baptized and get married in this temple. During the services, visitors could enjoy wonderful chant, performed by the oldest Varna temple choir.

Interior of Varna Cathedral
There are three altars in Cathedral: the Assu of Most Holy Merry is in central position, the southern is dedicated to St. Nikolay Mirikliiski, and the north altar – to Alexander Nevsky. Ferscoes are among the most valuable features of Varna Cathedral. The decoration of patriarchal throne and iconostases is a real masterpiece of wood-carving. In order to see a beautiful panorama of the city from its bell tower, the visitor should ascend the 133 narrow spiral steps.

Getting to Varna Cathedral
Varna Cathedral is located in the centre of the city. From its east side there is a bus station where many of local busses stop – 3, 10, 13, 14, 31, 32, 109, 209, 309, 409, 148. The Varna Central Post Office is located on the next street behind the Temple and there is the biggest taxi rank just in front of the Cathedral. The central beach is in 25 minutes walk from here.

Time Opening
The Varna Cathedral is opened for visit from 8am to 6pm every day.

Contact
Address: Saints Kiril and Metodii square
Phone: + 359 52 613 005

The Varna Cathedral homepage is available in Bulgarian language only:
http://mitropolia-varna.org