"Church of Sveti Dimitar." Veliko Turnovo Things to Do Tip by Askla

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This is/was the oldest church in Veliko Turnovo, built in 1185. The same year the brothers Assen and Petar announced the rebellion against the Byzantine empire in this church, and proclaimed Turnovo capital in their empire. This led to the famous Second Bulgarian Empire which lasted until 1396.
At the turn of the 18 and 19th centuries the church was sacked by nomad bandits, called Kardjalii.
But that wasn't enough, in an earthquake in 1913 it was nearly completely destroyed. Only the apse with fragments of the original frescoes survived. It was later restored and started functioning as a museum in 1985, 800 years after its original inauguration.
A Thracian sanctuary have been found close to the edifice during excavations.

Sadly the church/museum is not open to visitors without prior arrangement.

Address: ul. Patriarh Evtimiy.
Directions: It is situated at the northeastern foot of the Trapezitsa elevation on the western side of the Yantra River.

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  • Updated Dec 7, 2012
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