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    Church of the Nativity

    • Shipka, Bulgaria
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      Memorial Church of the Nativity - the first monument of the Bulgarian-Russian friendship in Bulgaria. Located on the south side of the Shipka Pass, near the town of Shipka.

      Inside the temple, and on the walls of the open galleries are 34 marble slabs with the names of the military units that participated in the battles for Shypku, as well as the names of Russian soldiers and officers, the Bulgarian volunteers who died in the defense of Shipka and the battles around cities of Kazanlak and Stara Zagora. In the sarcophagus in the crypt of the church houses the remains of heroes. Bells cast in Russia - in their production Russian Defense Ministry has allocated about 30 tons of spent cartridges. The largest bell weighs 11,643 pounds and is a personal gift of Emperor Nicholas II.

      Building designed by architect A. Tomishko began in 1885 and ended in 1902. The committee PA Vasіlchyk, VP Mělník, Prince Alexei Tsereteli, Prince Eugene M. Lihtenbersky and others.

      Memorial Church consists of a church, monastery housing, hotels for pilgrims and seekers Theological Seminary. Temple krestokupolnomu, square SPLA and three apses. His appearance is inspired by the motives of the Yaroslavl school of church architecture of the XVII century.

      The official opening ceremony took place on September 27, 1902, Count Ignatiev said oration on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Shipka epic. Especially for the occasion of the Russian imperial delegation arrived, which included Mikhail Dragamіraў, Nicholas G. Staletaў, Constantine Chylya, Count Mikhail Pavlovich Tolstoy and others.

      Inner Temple painting done in 1959 when the Blessed Patriarch Alyaksіі I the means of the Moscow Patriarchate artist MJ Rostovtseva with a team of artists.

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