The Most Impressive Buildings in Varna

The Varna Dramatic Theater
The Varna Dramatic Theater | © Mister No/Wikicommons
Maria Angelova

A short walk around the main attractions in Varna, and you will already be familiar with the pre-liberation architectural style, the royal residence, and the symbols of the city. Here is a guide that will introduce you to the most interesting buildings in Varna and tell you their stories.

1. Dormition of the Mother of God Cathedral


One of the biggest Orthodox cathedrals in Bulgaria is now more than 130 years old and it is one of the symbols of Varna. Commissioned shortly after the liberation of Bulgaria, it was built thanks to the donations of the local community and the government who issued lottery tickets to provide the necessary money. Stones from the destroyed fortified walls of the city were used to lay the foundations of the cathedral, while the architecture was inspired by the church in Peterhof Palace in St Petersburg. Note the stained glass windows depicting the two saints Cyril and Methodius, the authors of the Cyrillic script, and the exquisite woodcarving decorations.

2. Ethnographic Museum


Ethnographic Museum Varna
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The Ethnographic Museum in Varna is your chance to witness what the houses on the Black Sea coast used to look like 150 years ago. It houses an exhibition showing the life and culture of the Bulgarians in the last decades of the 19th century and the first years of the 20th century. You will see old-time fishing, bee-keeping and viticulture facilities and instruments as well as costumes and everyday objects.

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