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Church of Christ Pantocrator, Nessebar

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The Church of Christ Pantocrator is a medieval Eastern Orthodox church in the eastern Bulgarian town of Nesebar (medieval Mesembria), on the Black Sea coast of Burgas Province. Part of the Ancient Nesebar UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Church of Christ Pantocrator was constructed in the 13th–14th century and is best known for its lavish exterior decoration. The church, today an art gallery, survives largely intact and is among Bulgaria's best preserved churches of the Middle Ages.HistoryThe Church of Christ Pantocrator is usually dated to the late 13th or early 14th century. University of Pennsylvania scholar Robert G. Ousterhout places its construction in the mid-14th century. Rough Guides author Jonathan Bousfield attributes its building to the rule of Tsar Ivan Alexander of Bulgaria (r. 1331–1371), though during this time control of Nesebar changed many times between the Second Bulgarian Empire and Byzantium. The church is dedicated to Christ Pantocrator, a name of God which hails him as the "Ruler of All" in Greek.
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  • The temple is visible from afar, immediately attracts the attention of the beautiful architecture. Very good at photo, all necessarily seek out perspectives for pictures:) One bad thing-it's a museum. About paid entrance even complaining won't Mr. Museum is understandable. But working hours leave much to be desired-in the morning still closed, many people day, in the evening, no longer works. We lived in 20 min bus ride from Nessebar, came either in the morning or in the evening-no hit.
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  • the Church has a beautiful garden in the old town, you are your family pictures, you can çake, I think the only place to see in old town, around the Church gift shops there are some expensive.
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  • Near the town gate. It is from 14 Century. One of the best preserved churches in Bulgaria. Shape is cruciform. Exterior bricks decorated with ceramics inserts. 
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  • The church is part of the local museum tour, the architecture is wonderful, the park outside is great to take a break, and the inside has a great cartography museum, very interesting.
  • A cruciform dome church with three altar niches, a narthex and a bell tower above the narthex! Built in the first half of 14th century
  • The church is great, but it will zasazhalenie preserved frescoes . Often used as a hall for exhibitions exhibitions .
  • No icons in this church. But several old maps with Nessebar on them.
  • The most famous church in nessebar