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Chiesa SS. Constantin e Elena

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Address: Plovdiv Old Town, Plovdiv 4000, Bulgaria
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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hidden behind high walls, a little gem

It's easy to miss this church. According to the walking tour guide, in Ottoman times, a church could not be higher than its walls, so they built high walls to hide this little... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 October 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

It's easy to miss this church. According to the walking tour guide, in Ottoman times, a church could not be higher than its walls, so they built high walls to hide this little beauty. I lit a candle and enjoyed the dark, intense atmosphere.

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

very beautiful church. the paintings and icons inside are very nice and something for art lovers. too bad you cannot take pictures though.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Small, humble, tranquil and stunningly beautiful Sveti "Konstantin and Elena" church is a prime example of the Bulgarian orthodox architecture and it's right in the heart of the Old Town. Pop in... you will love it.

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Cologne, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

It's a small church in the old town of Plowdiw. There are nice mural paintings inside. Next to the church there is a bell-tower, which you don't see so often in orthodox churches. The church had originally been built by Emporer Konstantin (my name twin :D ) - but has been reconstructed several times since then. However, it felt cool... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

It located in the heart of the Old Town of Plovdiv and, if I remember well, is located opposite or next to Ethnographic Museum. It's a very beautiful Church, well maintained and with a beautiful interior. It's quite small but notable for its exterior frescoes and hagiographies.. ✿

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Brno, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

Well, as all old buildings in Old Plovdiv were, this church was very nice painted inside, very peaceful and beautiful. I recommend to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

Very pretty! You can take pictures outside of cathedral but not inside. Make sure you take some Bulgarian currency to buy some candles.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

This is a smaller edifice that some but it is more impressive. The interior is beautiful with a great deal of splendid gold leaf and quite well maintained. In fact when we visited this last time a lady was painstakingly repairing and replacing damaged parts (see photos). The exterior has some very nice artwork as well. Worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

Sts. Constantine and Elena is a three-nave basilica, containing a gilt iconostasis, completed in 1836. It is the oldest Orthodox Church in Plovdiv. Its magnificent Baroque carvings feature two rows of icons (small portraits of saints) made by notable artists of the Renaissance. Icon Gallery: In the courtyard of the Church, there is the Icon Gallery which holds a collection... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2016

While in Plovdiv take the time to visit most (if not all) of its churches not seen elsewhere! Spend some time admiring the icons and contemplating the simple pleasure of life!

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