Uspenie Bogorodichno (Dormition of the Theotokos) is the second largest church in Bulgaria and the most important in Varna. The cathedral opened in 1886 and was dedicated to the Russian soldiers who died fighting the Ottoman occupation of Bulgaria.
The cathedral was modeled after the church at Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg by an Odessan architect, Vasili Maas. It features a stunning iconostasis carved by Ivan Filipov in 1912 and an equally impressive bishop’s throne carved by Niko Mavrudi in 1897. The chandelier was carved in 1952 by Peter Kushlev.
The interior is covered from floor to ceiling with beautiful murals. The painting of the church didn’t start until 1949, and it was done by Russian master Nikolai Rostovtsev. The stained glass windows were installed in the 1960s.
The cathedral is open daily with services every morning. A fee of 5 leva was charged for photos. It’s located in the city center.