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Bulgarian World Heritage Needs EUR 75,000 for Renovation

Source: Sofia News Agency (
Published Date: 06 Jul 2006

Bulgaria's Boyana Church, which is one of UNESCO's world heritages, needs BGN 150,000 for its renovation.

A special donation campaign was launch to collect the sum. Culture Minister Stefan Danailov, Sofia mayor Boyko Borissov and the head of the Historical Museum Bozhidar Dimitrov explained the restoration of the unique treasure has began several years ago, but was cancelled in 1998 because of lack of financing.

The renovation process was renewed March 13, 2006.

Ahead of the press conference some BGN 90,000 were collected and with the assistance of the head of the State Tourism Agency Mario Al-Jebouri, who donated BGN 10,000 and another anonymous person, the sum grew to BGN 105,000.

Located on the outskirts of Sofia, Boyana Church consists of three buildings. The eastern church was built in the 10th century, then enlarged at the beginning of the 13th century by Sebastocrator Kaloyan, who ordered a second two-storey building to be built up next to it. The frescoes in this second church, painted in 1259, make it one of the most important collections of medieval paintings. The ensemble is completed by a third church, built at the beginning of the 19th century. This site is one of the most complete and perfectly preserved monuments of east European medieval art.