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Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
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Reviewed 27 September 2018

This is one of the oldest, if not the oldest Church in Tarnovo. Its roots date back to 9th cent when the first Church was built here, when Christianity was adopted as an official religion. Later, king Asen II built a new one on the...More

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Reviewed 23 August 2018

Visit this place and was impressed by the renovation it is interesting to look around, gives you an insight to the past history.

Thank David W
Reviewed 18 June 2018

Some of the original 1230 church remains and a new wing has been added on, incorporating columns with 9th century engravings. This is the burial place of Bulgarian tsars.

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Reviewed 17 May 2018

The church has and important role in the history of the Bulgarian empire 12-14 centuries. Nowadays there are almost no frescoes inside. The main attraction are the columns with inscriptions done by different Bulgarian rulers. The graves and cenotaphs of some tsars and nobles are...More

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Reviewed 21 April 2018

We booked a day trip from Bucharest just so we could see what life is like in Bulgaria. Veliko Tornovo was the recommended place to go. It is well worth it if you want to get off the beaten track; this church had a very...More

Thank ChrisJS51
Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

The church is close to the Tsarevets fortress,so if you have time you can visit it. The complex is quite nice,but the church is neither church nor museum. I was not impresed... not at all. You can see whole complex (garden & church) from the...More

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Reviewed 6 March 2018

Just a part of the original walls of this old church, which was built in the 13th century by the order of king Ivan Asen II, remain. Nowadays it is rather a museum than a church where the graves of king Kaloyan, king Ivan Asen...More

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Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

The door was closed and we couldn’t go inside. We just saw it from the outside and it looked nice 👍🏻

Thank Mirey N
Reviewed 5 January 2018

While important for symbolism later attached, the place seems a bit dry for the ordinary visitor. Mostly a show piece, but lacking somewhat in substance. Nice river setting.

Thank CRR2059
Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

We were unable to visit any of the monasteries, as they were closed, even though it's week-end, but, from the outside, the monastery looks excellent. Only one part still seems to have the original wall, built in stone briks, the rest is new, but keeping...More

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