Medieval Churches in Nesebur

Nesebur is a UNESCO World Heritage site because it contains a wealth of Medieval churches in the historic city. A few were built by the Byzantines and others are in the Byzantine style built by the Bulgarians. The churches are either in ruins or used for different purposes today. The only church covered in another entry is Sveti Stefan.

 

Basilica of Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia was a Byzantine church built in the 5th century. It was situated in the center of the ancient city and is the largest of the churches that survive today in some form. In 1257, it was looted by the Venetians and many relics were taken to the Church of San Salvatore in Venice. By the 18th century, it was abandoned.

Basilica of Hagia Sophia in Nesebur, Bulgaria

Basilica of Hagia Sophia

Basilica of Hagia Sophia in Nesebur, Bulgaria

Basilica of Hagia Sophia

 

Basilica of Panagia Eleousa

Part of a Byzantine monastery, the Basilica of Panagia Eleousa was built in the 6th century on the northern end of the peninsula. It was active until the 14th century and probably destroyed in an earthquake. The northern part of the church had sunk into the sea, but excavations in 1920 partially restored it. The ruins of a windmill stand nearby.

Basilica of Panagia Eleousa in Nesebur, Bulgaria

Basilica of Panagia Eleousa

Basilica of Panagia Eleousa in Nesebur, Bulgaria

Basilica of Panagia Eleousa

Windmill in Nesebur, Bulgaria

Windmill

 

Church of St. John the Baptist

The Byzantine-style Church of St. John the Baptist was built in the 11th century by the Bulgarians.

Church of St. John the Baptist in Nesebur, Bulgaria

Church of St. John the Baptist

Church of St. John the Baptist in Nesebur, Bulgaria

Church of St. John the Baptist

 

Church of Sveti Todor

The small Church of Sveti Todor (St. Theodore) was a Byzantine-style church built by the Bulgarians in the 13th century. It now serves as an art gallery.

Church of Sveti Teodor in Nesebur, Bulgaria

Church of Sveti Teodor

 

Church of Sveta Paraskeva

The Byzantine-style Church of Sveta Paraskeva was built in the 13th century by the Bulgarians. It’s not known which saint named Paraskevi the church was dedicated to.

Church of Sveta Paraskeva in Nesebur, Bulgaria

Church of Sveta Paraskeva

Church of Sveta Paraskeva in Nesebur, Bulgaria

Church of Sveta Paraskeva

 

Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel

The Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel, now in ruins, was a Byzantine-style church built by the Bulgarians in the 13th century.

Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Nesebur, Bulgaria

Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel

 

Church of Christ Pantokrator

Near the entrance to the peninsula, the Church of Christ Pantokrator now serves as an art gallery. It was a Byzantine-style church built in the late 13th or early 14th century by the Bulgarians.

Church of Christ Pantokrator in Nesebur, Bulgaria

Church of Christ Pantokrator

Church of Christ Pantokrator in Nesebur, Bulgaria

Church of Christ Pantokrator

 

Church of St John Aliturgetos

The Byzantine-style church of Church of St John Aliturgetos was built in the 14th century but was never consecrated. Legend has it that a builder fell and died during construction, and church canon would not allow a place of worship where someone had been killed. It was badly damaged in an earthquake in 1913.

Church of St. John Aliturgetos in Nesebur, Bulgaria

Church of St. John Aliturgetos

Church of St. John Aliturgetos in Nesebur, Bulgaria

Church of St. John Aliturgetos

Church of St. John Aliturgetos in Nesebur, Bulgaria

Church of St. John Aliturgetos

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