The Church of St. John Aliturgetos, Nessebar

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The Church of St John Aliturgetos is located in Nesebar, Bulgaria.
The church was not consecrated, hence the name - "aliturgetos" (αλειτούργητος) is the Greek for "not consecrated". The legend says that one of the builders fell down and was killed. The church canon did not allow a place where a man had been killed to be used for worship, but according to some records services were held in it. The church was badly damaged during the 1913 earthquake (Chirpansko earthquake). Its ruins in the southern part of the peninsula show that it must have been one of the most beautiful medieval churches in Nesebar. It is a domeed cruciform church with three altar apses and a narthex. It is 18.5 m long and 10 m wide. The base of the cruciform part of the church is almost quadrangular, shaped by four columns. It has mixed masonry: stone and brick; the facade walls are segmented by blind two-step niches decorated with various geometrical patterns from bricks and stone cubes (ceramic plastic style). The church was built in the 14th century; it has two entrances, from the north and south, which is rare in the architecture of church buildings.
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  • very close to the parking area, you have to follow the stairs to reach the nice ruins of the non-consecrated church the view of the sea is nice, the flavor of history is everywhere; relevant info are....  more »
  • Located just next to the Marine Station in the old town of Nessebar, the remnants of this church cannot be missed. Built in the 13th-14th centuries, heavily damaged during the Chirpan earthquake in...  more »

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