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Church of Christ Pantocrator, Nessebar

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#5 of 14 in Historic Sites in Burgas Province
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The Church of Christ Pantocrator is a medieval Eastern Orthodox church in the eastern Bulgarian town of Nesebar, 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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4.7
  • 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.  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • Well preserved 13-th century church, which should not be missed. During our visit there was a temporary exposition of antique maps. Entry fee: 3 lv (~1.5 EUR), though I'm not sure whether it was for t...  more »
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  • A great place to visit. Also a good setting for photos. A reach historical place, the old town of Nessebar, is a great place to visit when exploring the Bulgarian coast line.
  • This ancient church is very beautiful. The whole surrounding is charming. It is a must in Bulgaria.
  • Beautiful outside but visiting museum not worth its price.
  • Amazingly beautiful building with the flower garden in the foreground
  • Didn't go inside but it's a nice place for a picture.

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Where to stay in Nessebar

Though much of the accommodations in the immediate region are concentrated in larger, nearby seaside cities, Nessebar itself features some affordable options. The city lacks many international chains, but this means you can find affordable places to stay more or less anywhere in town. Grab a spot in one of the many locally run guesthouses scattered around the modern part of the city (just inland from the historical peninsula section but within easy walking distance). To be even closer to the World Heritage Site of the ancient city, consider staying in a guesthouse or bed and breakfast out on the peninsula right among the historical buildings.
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