Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin


Varna's cathedral (1886) is topped with golden onion domes. Note the murals (painted in 1950) and colourful stained-glass windows, though you'll have to pay 5 lv if you want to take photos inside.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Varna attractions

1. Archaeological Museum

0.28 MILES

Exhibits at this vast museum, the best of its kind in Bulgaria, include 6000-year-old bangles, necklaces and earrings said to be the oldest worked gold…

2. Ethnographic Museum

0.32 MILES

This charming revival-era mansion built in 1860 houses an interesting collection of traditional folk costumes and furnishings, and has displays on local…

3. City Hall


Varna's towering, multistory city hall is a landmark of communist-era brutalist design.

4. Sveti Nikolai Church


The pretty Sveti Nikolai Church, right in the city centre, is worth a visit for its saintly murals. It’s always busy, and is a popular venue for weddings.

5. Sveti Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church

0.44 MILES

This elegant church was built in 1842 and features a barrelled wooden ceiling and a wonderful collection of naive icons. It’s normally closed, but the…

6. St Michael the Archangel Church

0.45 MILES

St Michael the Archangel Church was founded in 1865 and is historically significant as the first place where religious services were given in Bulgarian…

7. Varna City Art Gallery

0.49 MILES

You can peruse two floors of 19th- and 20th-century Bulgarian art at this gallery, including works by Vladimir Dimitrov and David Peretz. Various…

8. Roman Thermae

0.51 MILES

The well-preserved ruins of Varna's 2nd-century-AD Roman Thermae are the largest in Bulgaria and the fourth-largest of their kind in Europe. Visitors are…