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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 Church is one of many! But they liked best from the architecture. How also historical.
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  • Beautiful old church on the left hand side as you come into Old Nessebar town. Well worth a visit. There is an entry fee to go in. 
  • Inside is completely bare and small. Not worth paying entry. Beautiful exterior. Can buy combined ticket for other churches and archaeological museum but not worth it
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  • 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 a museum, it is a medium size church for the area and very well preserved. You can see inside only if you pay a fee.
  • Nice chruch on the outside and well preserved, but this chruch and every church in the old town charges admission so it's like a business. There is also an exhibit, ok, but they should charge much less for adnmisson to a religious building.
  • The church is one of the best preserved examples of late Byzantine architecture in the world. And of course there is going to be an entry fee - it is a museum, not a religious building. Also there is an interesting cartography exhibition inside!
  • Excellent place to visit from Sunny Beach
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