The Bulgarian government allocated BGN 800,000 at the beginning of September to support the construction of a Bulgarian Orthodox church in London.
Over 200,000 of our compatriots live in the United Kingdom, and the Bulgarian diaspora is one of the few who do not have their own church.
In the early 1990s, the former garages of our embassy building in London were made available for a chapel. On the initiative of the Western European Metropolitan Antony and with the support of our ambassador in London – Marin Raykov, the idea of rebuilding the chapel of St. Ivan Rilski” in a temple.
An Italian architect drew up a project for the reconstruction and expansion of the small room in a classical style temple. It will be built in the tradition of the Bulgarian medieval temples in Pliska, Preslav and Serdika.
The building of the Bulgarian embassy, which is located meters away from the “Royal Albert Hall”, is a cultural monument and, after a permit procedure, can now be rebuilt. The amount granted by the Bulgarian government is insufficient for its completion. That’s why a fundraising campaign has been announced.
Donations can be made directly through the website of the Bulgarian Church in London.