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The churches from the National Revival period in Plovdiv are not merely remarkable monuments of Bulgarian church construction with unique icons and frescoes by great icon-painters, with iconostases made by woodcarvers with divine talent. They are also immortal testimonies of the ability of different social classes to unite their efforts in the name of the common striving towards light and spiritual salvation. They were all built with the generous donations of wealthy families and with the selfless contribution of the entire Christian community.
That was the way in which the churches of St. Marina of the Plovdiv Metropolitan Bishopric, the Church of the Holy Mother of God - Cathedral now, the Church of St. Constantine and St. Helena, St. Kyriaki [St. Nedelya], the Armenian Church of St. Kevork, the Catholic Cathedral of St. Ludwig, etc., were built and richly decorated with icons and woodcarving. The construction of churches revealed the talent of some of the best master-builders who were representatives of the Bratsigovo building school that was famous all over Thrace, among whom Petko Petkov - Boz, Stoyu Ivanov, Ivan Boyanin and others. The woodcarving, icon-painting and frescoes here are the work predominantly of artists from the Debar and Samokov schools, among whom the greatest Bulgarian National Revival icon-painter Zahariy Zograph and the artist Stanislav Dospevski.
It can be claimed with certainty that the Plovdiv churches from the National Revival period are eternal pearls in the royal crown of the millennial city.

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