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It is hard to remain indifferent about the beauty of the Christ Pantokrator Church.
© Nessebar Municipality

Church of Christ Pantocrator

The Church of Christ Pantokrator is considered one of the most beautiful churches in Nessebar. This 14th century building is an architectural masterpiece and worth a visit.

The Church of Christ Pantokrator is special in countless ways, but among the most memorable is the decoration with intricate ornaments and sophisticated patterns. High-walled concave arches are all over the facade. Above them are three rows of decorative saucers and four-leafed flowers. Don’t be surprised to also see a frieze of swastikas—the solar cult symbol—made of bricks.

The rich decorated drum of the dome has eight windows in the form of arches, while the narthex is small and there’s a medieval tomb under the floor. Only traces of the original mural paintings are saved on the inner walls.

The Church of Christ Pantokrator operates as a museum and there are often exhibitions inside.

Many World Heritage sites are temporarily closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please check official websites for more information.

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Church of Christ Pantocrator

Hours

In 2018, the opening hours are as follows:
From 28 April to 8 July, it is open from 10:30 – 14:00 and 14:30 – 18:00.
From 9 July to 26 August, it is open from 9:00 – 20:00.
From 27 August to 24 September, it is open from 9:00 – 19:00.
From 25 September to 31 October, it is open from 10:30 – 14:00 and 14:30 – 18:00.
From 1 November to 27 April, it is open only by request.

Pricing

Adults: 3 lv
Children: 2 lv

There are also the following combination tickets available.

  • The Archaeological Museum and the Ethnographic Museum: 8 lv (4 lv for children)
  • The Church of St Stephen and the Church of St Spas: 8 lv (4 lv for children)
  • The Archaeological Museum and the Church of St Stephen: 10 lv (5 lv for children)
  • The Archaeological Museum, the Church of St Stephen and one of the following – the Church of St Spas, the Church of Christ Pantokrator, the Church of St. Paraskeva, the Church of St John the Baptist, or the Ethnographic Museum: 12 lv (6 lv for children)
  • The Archaeological Museum, the Church of St Stephen, the Church of St Spas, the Ethnographic Museum and the Church of Christ Pantokrator: 15 lv (8 lv for children)
  • The Church of St Stephen, the Church of St Spas, the Church of Christ Pantokrator, the Church of St Paraskeva and the Church of St John the Baptist: 15 lv (8 lv for children)
  • The Archaeological Museum, the Ethnographic Museum, the Church of St Stephen, the Church of St Spas, the Church of Christ Pantokrator, the Church of St Paraskeva and the Church of St John the Baptist: 20 lv (10 lv for children)