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Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel, Nessebar

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The Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel is a partially preserved medieval Eastern Orthodox church in the eastern Bulgarian town of Nesebar, on the Black Sea coast of Burgas Province. It was built in the 13th or 14th century and forms part of the Ancient Nesebar UNESCO World Heritage Site. A single-nave church with three apses, in the past it was topped by a dome and a bell tower. Its rich external decoration was done in Nesebar's characteristic style.
The Church of the Holy Archangels lies in the northern part of Nesebar's old town, next to the coast of the peninsula on which the city is located. Based on its stylistic similarities to the Church of Christ Pantocrator, the building of the church is commonly assigned to the same period, namely between the early 13th and early 14th century. Rough Guides author Jonathan Bousfield attributes its construction to the reign of Tsar Ivan Alexander of Bulgaria (r. 1331–1371), though during this period Nesebar changed hands multiple times between the Second Bulgarian Empire and Byzantium.
As the church lies in the old town of Nesebar, it forms part of the Ancient City of Nesebar UNESCO World Heritage Site and the 100 Tourist Sites of Bulgaria. Since 1927, it has been under state protection as a "national antiquity", and it was listed among Bulgaria's monuments of culture of national importance in 1964. The church is partially preserved, as most of its roof is missing. The extant arches have been reinforced using steel stretchers.
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  • eight hundred years, during that period the church witnessed the whole Ottoman Period the Old City is full of such jewelries, with their old walls and their nice ornaments now it is a pretty and... 
    eight hundred years, during that period the church witnessed the whole Ottoman Period the Old City is full of such jewelries, with their old walls and their nice ornaments now it is a pretty and...  more »
  • The grounds outside this church are always kept so nice and tidy,,, nice area surrounding it to sit and watch the world go by., 
    The grounds outside this church are always kept so nice and tidy,,, nice area surrounding it to sit and watch the world go by.,  more »
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  • Nice place, must see if you are around. Too bad it's not better known. I ran into it by mistake. The church is locked up, you can't go inside, but even so it is hard not to like it
  • Beautiful place!

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