St Michael the Archangel Church


St Michael the Archangel Church was founded in 1865 and is historically significant as the first place where religious services were given in Bulgarian. The building also contained Varna’s first school. The church is small and badly lit, but there are some fine wooden icons.

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1. Sveti Nikolai Church

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2. Sveti Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church


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3. Primorski Park

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4. Varna City Art Gallery

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5. Copernicus Planetarium

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6. Aquarium

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7. National Naval Museum

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8. Roman Thermae

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