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The Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius is the main Orthodox church and a symbol of Burgas. The cathedral church was built at the end of the XIX century on public donations. Bearing the names of the most revered saints in Bulgaria - the creators of the Slavic alphabet and writing, the temple stands on the main street of Burgas.

A mosaic panel depicting Cyril and Methodius adorns the entrance gate. The three-nave basilica was erected in the Byzantine style according to the project of Ricardo Toscanini. The facade with two dark stone belfries gives the church an impressive appearance.

In the temple, famous for its amazingly beautiful murals and a wooden carved altar, miraculous icons are kept.

Coordinates: longitude 27.4740 latitude 42.4961

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Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius is one of the most interesting sights of the city of Burgas. It is located in the very center of the city and is the largest Burgas temple. Its construction began in 1895, and in 1907 it opened its doors to Orthodox parishioners, whose donations made construction possible. Famous Italian architect Riccardo Toscani worked on the creation of the project.

The building area is 516 square meters (32 meters long and 21 meters wide), two bell towers adjoin it. The main entrance to the temple is decorated with a mosaic panel that depicts Saints Cyril and Methodius - the creators of the Slavic alphabet. The church building also has a notably richly decorated facade and a stunningly beautiful dome. The interior of the church may also interest the visitor: it is decorated with malachite, marble and bizarre frescoes created by craftsmen who worked on the decoration of the church of Alexander Nevsky in Sofia. Here you can also see a carved iconostasis made of wood by the master Kruma Kosharevsky (1930).

After the fire in 1953, the decoration of the temple and many icons were damaged, however, to date, lengthy restoration work has been completed and the temple has been open to visitors for more than 15 years.

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Today, anyone can see the magnificent building from the outside and from the inside. The Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius is located on the eponymous square. Doors are open daily from 8–00 to 17–00, admission is free. Usually it is crowded, because in addition to curious tourists, believers try to visit the temple. Two miraculous icons are stored inside.

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This article is part of the Orthodox Bulgaria diary.

Starting from Cyprus, I have repeatedly been convinced that many travel sites do not update their articles. With the Cathedral of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Burgas, the same story, although it has not been working since 2011, but calls to go inside and admire the temple have not disappeared.

Once upon a time there was a small wooden church on the site of the cathedral. It was decided to build a new stone church and slowly during 1894 - 1905 the cathedral was built. The project for the cathedral was developed by the Italian architect Ricardo Toscani with the participation of many Bulgarian, the temple was built by Italian migrant workers-masons.

In 1953 there was a terrible fire in the cathedral, the restoration of the temple lasted even longer than the construction and ended only in 1994.

We often criticize our authorities for the ugly attitude towards architectural monuments, the Bulgarians in this respect are not far behind us. The eternal misfortune of the cities - the lack of parking spaces - the authorities wanted to solve by building an underground parking lot under the square in front of the temple. In 2013, when I was in Burgas, the fence around the construction site was still standing, the parking lot was not completed. At the same time, the main entrance also remained behind the fence.

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