Dormition of the Theotokos Church, Targovishte

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Dormition of the Theotokos Church
Църква Св. Успение Богородично (Bulgarian)
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Basic information
Location Bulgaria Targovishte, Bulgaria
Geographic coordinates 43°14′34″N 26°34′8″E / 43.24278°N 26.56889°E / 43.24278; 26.56889
Affiliation Eastern Orthodox
Province Targovishte Province
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Church
Architectural description
Architect(s) Usta Dimitar, Paul Forlani
Architectural style Bulgarian National Revival
Completed 1851
Height (max) 30 m

Dormition of the Theotokos Church (Bulgarian: Църква Св. Успение Богородично / Tsŭrkva Sv. Uspenie Bogorodichno) is an Eastern Orthodox church building in Targovishte. It is one of the finest examples of the middle and late Bulgarian National Revival church architecture.

The building is situated in the Varosha Quarter - the old town in Targovishte. The church was built in the period 1847–1851 by Usta Dimitar from the Tryavna School. Initially the bell tower was a wooden structure next to the building. The three-naved church is built from stone on 510 sq.m. In 1860, the interior decoration, including the chancel-screen, was made, again by artists from the Tryavna School. In the very beginning of the 20th century the present elegant bell tower was added by Gencho Novakov, on a design by the Italian Paul Forlani.

Areal view of Targovishte from the middle of 20th century with the church at the center