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, 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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  • August 15, 2017
    Well kept outside, inside there is a Museum of ancient cartography, with various maps related to the Black Sea. Well done, small and proportionate. Admission is 3 Lev. To see.
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  • August 8, 2017
    Church of Christ Pantokrata is one of the main attractions of Nessebar. You can simply stand close, touch and touch history. Lightweight and low church, the brick against the blue sky looks beautiful and asks for a photo.
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  • July 31, 2017
    A few words about the Museum inside the Church. Entrance fee (3 leva), examination requires no more than half an hour. In my visit (July 2017) Cartographic Exhibition-like Nesebar (Messembrija, Messambria, etc.) depicted on old maps from the 13th to the 19th centuries. All the time there is not enough time in the museums consider antique maps, and here and everything is fine, and people not so much, and time is, and the air conditioning works! It is noteworthy that South Bulgaria including Nessebar on the maps of the 16th-17th centuries shows how Romania (Astra), and Bulgaria was called the northern part of today's territory. To the North are going to Wallachia, Moldavia, Transylvania, Podolia (Poland?) and then (!) Russia Nera-Chernorossija! What kind of public education, it would be very interesting to know. Recommend Museum of small but informative.
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  • June 29, 2017
    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.
  • April 24, 2017
    This ancient church is very beautiful. The whole surrounding is charming. It is a must in Bulgaria.
  • July 8, 2017
    Beautiful outside but visiting museum not worth its price.
  • June 23, 2017
    Amazingly beautiful building with the flower garden in the foreground
  • June 11, 2017
    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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