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The Church of St. Paraskeva belongs to the so called “picturesque” style of churches, from the 13th and the 14th centuries.
© Nessebar Municipality

The Church of St. Paraskeva

The Church of St. Paraskeva—constructed with hewn stone and bricks in rows—is a beautiful building its own right. With decorative motifs of fish bones, zig zags, the sun, and ornaments walled in over them, this is a beautiful building waiting for travellers.

The Church of St. Paraskeva has become an important museum used to house art from other churches that have now been destroyed. It’s a lovely example of how not everything that is gone has to be lost irreversibly. For example, for the first time, murals from the lost St. George “the Elder” Church, destroyed in 1958, are exhibited to the public.

The church was built in 1704 in the south-eastern part of Old Nessebar. Most of the retrieved mural paintings were taken to the National Archaeological Institute in Sofia, and only a small part remained in Nessebar. Alongside these surviving murals from the 18th century, there are also some wall paintings from the Church of St. Clement.

The collection of precious art at the Church of St. Paraskeva is a testament to the dedication and the diligence of the local population and their strong devotion to Christianity.

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The Church of St. Paraskeva

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 24 September, it is open from 10:30 – 14:00 and 14:30 – 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)