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Шуменската църква „Св. Възнесение/Св. Георги“ 1829–1831 г.
The Shoumen Church Holy Ascension / St. George 1829–1831

Author(s): Nadya Manolova-Nikolova
Subject(s): History
Published by: Асоциация Клио
Keywords: Bulgarian church; Shumen; church “St. Ascension/St. George”; nineteenth century; social capital; Preslav Bishopric

Summary/Abstract: The article explains the construction of the Bulgarian church of the Holy Ascension / St. George in Shoumen in 1829–1831. It is based on Ottoman documents recently found in the Istanbul archives. These prove that, according to the conditions following the Peace of Adrianople, a new church was built in the Varosh Bulgarian neighborhood (mahala) in Shumen in 1830. The documents also indicate the official procedure to be followed to obtain a permit for the construction of a church during the reign of Mahmud II. Significant sums of money were invested in the church in Shumen, which the author views as a kind of social capital. With the investment of this capital the Bulgarians in Shumen mobilized and established their own community. At the same time, promotion of the diocese of Preslav to a metropolitanate was achieved – an event which the author relates to the construction of the church.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 220-231
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Bulgarian