The Assumption Cathedral - details and images
The Assumption Cathedral is the largest and best known Bulgarian Orthodox Cathedral on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, located in Varna port city, and the second largest in Bulgaria (after Alexandr Nevski Cathedral in Sofia). It was officially opened on August 30, 1886 and is the residence of the bishopric of Varna and Preslav and one of the symbols of the city of Varna.
Located in the center of Varna, today the Cathedral "The Assumption of the Virgin Mary" is one of the most famous buildings in the city. Prayer temple for locals and at the same time a tourist destination in tourist routes, the cathedral has become a symbol of the city of Varna.
The first contribution to the building of the church was a donation of 1000 levy made by Prince Alexander Battenberg. He was also the one who laid the foundation stone of the cathedral, the construction starting on August 22, 1880. The plans of the cathedral were realized by the architect Mass of Odessa, the building was completed in 1886
In 1901, as a help from Russian Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, 42 small icons and 3 large icons were brought by Nicolae Bogoshkiy. In 1941-1943, the bell tower (height - 38 meters) was completed. The painting of the cathedral began in 1949, under the guidance of Professor N. Rostovtzev, who donated the frescoes from the pronaos. The chandeliers mounted then are his work of the carver in the flap P. Kushlev.
From an architectural point of view, the cathedral is built in Byzantine style with three ships, three domes, two apses, a bell tower and three altars: in the center the altar of the Assumption of the Virgin, the south of Saint Nicholas of Mira and the north of Saint Aleksander Nevsky.
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