Church St. Constantine and Helena - Plovdiv
Author: Таня Димитрова, 1.9 km From Plovdiv.
Church St. Constantine and Helena is located in the old town of Plovdiv. The picturesque church that no Bulgarian who does not know of its existence dates back 565 years. The church is named after the then Emperor Constantine and his mother Helena. These are first records for the period of construction of the temple. In the later the church was mentioned in 1578 by German theologian. A contemporary image of the church was a small wooden building without tower and dome. During the Ottoman Bulgarians built churches dug deep into the earth to not provoke the Turks. In the days of Ottoman rule the small church was robbed and repeatedly destroyed, but always recovered.
In 1832 the church was completely renovated, the new church was much larger than its original size, it was one of the largest at that time. Church is a unique delight to the eye and a typical example of church architecture of the 19th century here we can find many old icons of Saints Constantine and Helena, which is believed to be miraculous. Going into this wonderful church can light a candle to pray in the lovely surroundings. Throughout the church has displayed exquisite ancient icons. Looking carefully, eyes and our souls remain agape. In the southern part of the yard is also the former parish school. Now it is a icon gallery. Before the parish school is located and former clergy house where once lived the chairman of the temple with his family. Today the church "St. St. Constantine and Elena "in Plovdiv is a valuable historical and cultural monument. This is perhaps one of the most visited buildings in Plovdiv, both Bulgarians and people from all over the world. Churchyard is surrounded by 8 foot stone wall. Were built and several other buildings in the yard, giving kind of monastic complex. The temple is a popular favorite from Plovdiv to perform weddings and baptisms. This church is very beautiful and old, it keeps the history of several civilizations. The place is unique and impressive bearing its history, its crying, his faith, his miracles. This church awakens thoughts of the truth of how strong was the faith of these people that have chosen to die for her, but not to bow before foreign emperors.
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