Displaying items by tag: Religion

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 12:44

FOR WHOM THE FIREWORKS BLAZE

The crowds gathered in the freezing spring night on the historical hill of Tsarevets, in Veliko Tarnovo, were awaiting Easter. Midnight was approaching, but for the moment it seemed that Easter would never come. On the top of the hill, in front of the church whose silhouette is known to every tourist in this country, a priest was well into a long and tedious sermon on faith, the importance of unification, and a bit of current (meaning 2016) politics, and he showed no signs of being near the end.

Published in High Beam
Tuesday, 03 January 2017 13:32

HELL IS NO JOKE

What first attracts your attention in a Bulgarian Revival Period church? The architecture? The silver-haloed icons of the Virgin Mary? The elaborate carvings of the icon doors? These may all be astonishing, but have you noticed the river of fire, on the outside western wall of most of the churches, flowing towards the gaping mouth of a dragon-like monster? Have you bent to see in detail the devils in the flames? Have you wondered what were the crimes of the sinners they torture?

Published in Vagabond Features
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 16:09

BRINGING ANTIQUITY BACK TO LIFE

Fine mosaics of Plovdiv's Bishop's Basilica see light of day for first time in 1,500 years

Published in Vagabond Features
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 15:45

BULGARIA'S RUSSIAN CHURCHES

Onion domes, memories of a 19th century war define religious sites in Sofia, Shipka and Yambol

Published in High Beam
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 12:26

PROTESTANT PLOVDIV

Largest Protestant church in the Balkans is in Bulgaria's second city

Published in High Beam
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 14:01

VOODOO CHRISTIANITY

"Idolaters! You are not true Eastern Orthodox Christians," the monk at St Spas monastery near Yambol scolded us while he was locking the gate of the supposedly miraculous cave spring his abode is famed for. Our sin? We had not lit candles when we entered the church. He, however, did not see any contradiction in the fact that the veneration of "healing" springs is a tradition that Eastern Orthodoxy in Bulgaria has inherited from paganism.

Published in Vagabond Features
Monday, 07 March 2016 14:29

FAIRY-TALE CAPPADOCIA

Quirks of nature, history meet in Central Anatolia

Published in Foreign Travel
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 12:20

PAINTED CHURCHES OF BUKOVINA

Late Mediaeval frescoes, candle-lit cemeteries in one of Romania's least known areas

Published in Foreign Travel
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 15:32

WILLOW SUNDAY OR FLOWER DAY

What in the West is known as Palm Sunday has at least two different names in Bulgaria, and is a popular holiday, presaging spring

Published in High Beam
Monday, 17 November 2014 14:02

SOZOPOL'S FEAST OF ST NICHOLAS

Huge party takes place as fishermen, sailors celebrate their patron saint in Black Sea coast town

Published in High Beam
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