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Church of St Paraskeva

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+3592 983 19 63
Sofia,58 Rakovski blvd.
Historical Information
The temple has been built for 12 years and is finished in 1930. Plans to build a church at the site date to 1910, when Stuttgart-educated Bulgarian architect Anton Tornyov (1868–1942) won a competition for the church's design. Due to the Balkan Wars and World War I, however, the construction was postponed. In 1922, the church board of trustees announced another competition, which was again won by Tornyov. The construction of the Church of St Paraskeva was complete by 1930, but the finishing works on the porticos did not cease until 1940. Night view of the Church St Paraskeva has a somewhat unusual design for an Eastern Orthodox church: for example, the cella is in practice a round chamber over 20 metres (66 ft) in diameter. The cella gradually disintegrates into the surrounding apses.

Sofia,58 Rakovski blvd.

+3592 983 19 63


The Church of St Paraskeva is a Bulgarian Orthodox church in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. The church, dedicated to Saint Paraskeva, is located on 58 Georgi Rakovski Street in the centre of the city. Patron of the temple is st. holy martyr Paraskeva who defends her faith in Christ until her martyr's death in 303. It is the third-largest church in Sofia.

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