St Stephens Church, Nessebar

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#2 of 11 in Historic Sites in Nessebar
Walk through centuries of artistic and religious history at St Stephens Church, a World Heritage Site on the coast of the Black Sea. The eastern (and oldest) part of the small three-nave basilica dates from the 11th century, while murals of over 1,000 New Testament figures were added in the 16th and 18th centuries. Later, organizations and the government renovated the church in order to preserve its iconography, carved bishop's throne, and a pulpit. Take time to study the well-preserved interior frescoes, rare examples of wall art of central Europe. Plan to visit St Stephens Church and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Nessebar attractions using our Nessebar trip planning app .
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  • From outside it is hard to imagine the extent of the painted surfaces inside. There are better examples in Bulgaria e.g. bogana or Athanasius but this is almost as good as these. Well worth seeing  more »
  • Beautiful church with wonderful wall paintings well worth a visit. The church is set in the middle of the town and is easy to find. It gets busy but worth the wait  more »
  • Definitely the most interesting Church and better sealing, even because he underwent a fairly recent renovation. Interesting frescoes inside. Admission is 6 3 Lev Lev instead of other churches. I don't think the thing is right. We paid them, but reluctantly
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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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