Angels and Archangels

This is the Church of Saints Archangels Michael and Gabriel, in Bulgaria.

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A young Pantocrator.

A young Pantocrator.

In contrast to the all-powerful Father.

The Holy Mother.

The Holy Mother.

Gazing heavenward.

The Nativity.

The Annunciation.

The Annunciation.

 

The Apse.

The Apse.

 

The Baptism of Jesus.

The Baptism of Jesus.

The frescoes are wonderful.

The frescoes are splendid.

Once again this church of the 17th century built over an earlier church from the exterior does not look like a church but a barn.

However it is the church of the archangels.

The church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

The church of saints Peter and Saint Paul is a medieval church. After the fall of Tamovo to the Muslims it became the patriarchate.

The columns are from The ancient Nicopolis ad Istrum.
The frescoes are influenced by the Italo-Cretan school from the time of the Council of Florence.

Saints Peter and Paul.

The pieta.

The pieta.

 

The Archangel Gabriel

The Archangel Gabriel

Detail. Notice the brushstrokes.

Detail. Notice the brushstrokes.

St Michael with sword.

On the exterior wall are the remains of a pictorial calendar.

The church is also the scene of a massacre. After the fall of the kingdom to the Ottomans, the new Muslim overlords invited the boyars, that is, the aristocracy, for negotiations. Once inside all 120 some were slain by the Muslims.

The ancient citadel.

The king’s tower with a tombstone recycled from Nikopolis ad Istrum.