History of Varna Museum


Varna’s ivy-clad city history museum covers the post-independence period from 1878 to 1939, with mock-ups of long-gone 1920s shops and offices, collections of photographs and postcards, and paraphernalia from local trades such as brewing and printing.

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1. Roman Baths (Small)

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There's a walkway running around the ruins of this smaller Roman bath complex, built around the 4th century AD, but there's little to see other than some…

2. Sveti Atanas Orthodox Church

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The beautiful Sveti Atanas Church overlooks the Roman Thermae. Dating from 1838, it features numerous icons and an intricately carved bishop’s throne.

3. Roman Thermae

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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…

4. National Naval Museum

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The National Naval Museum hosts several galleries of model ships and uniforms. Anchors, artillery and helicopters can be seen rusting quietly in the…

5. Sveti Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church

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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. Aquarium

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Housed in a powder-blue art deco building, the city aquarium is worth a look to see the tanks filled with seahorses, piranhas and conger eels, as well as…

7. Ethnographic Museum


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

8. St Michael the Archangel Church

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