First Liturgy in 19th-century Bulgarian church in over 100 years

Veliko Tarnovo, Veliko Tarnovo Province, Bulgaria, June 30, 2023

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For the first time in 110 years, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated in historic Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria.

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The joyous event occurred yesterday, on the church’s patronal feast, reports

The Liturgy was celebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Jacob of Dorostol.

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The church-museum sits at the foot of the Tsarevets Fortress, which served as the primary fortress of the Second Bulgarian Empire from 1185 to 1393. The church itself was built in 1857-1858, replacing an earlier St. George Church.

An exhibition on “archaeological materials from the Sts. Peter and Paul monastery complex” was also opened in the church.

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