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Boyana church restoration starts again

Date: 22.03.2006

The Boyana Church has survived the turbulent Middle Ages and the dark times of the Ottoman yoke. The almost millennial age of the building and the 750-year-old of the frescoes have had their say. In 1976, the inevitable damages that time has inflicted called for a thorough restoration. The church was entered under No 42 in the UNESCO list of world culture heritage.

The vast church yard has been gradually turned into a park where dozens of rare plant species grow, some of them being a couple of a hundred-year-old sequoias planted by Prince Ferdinand in 1906. The restoration works continued for 22 years and were not completed. The Culture Ministry froze them after a committee of experts found out that the technology and materials used were wrong. The worst of result was that salt stains appeared at the restored places. In 2004, the Boyana Church became a part of the National Museum of History. Last week, the restoration of frescoes has been resumed.

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