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Arbanasi, Bulgaria
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All reviews old church every inch veliko tarnovo tour guide floor to ceiling amazing frescoes eastern orthodox church religious figures new testament beautiful church bible stories low profile turkish occupation interesting interior helpful guide wall paintings walls are covered
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Reviewed 30 November 2018

The outside is very inconspicuous with a very small cross on a low profile church due to originating during the Muslim Byzantine Empire. But once you go inside every wall is covered floor to ceiling with paintings and frescoes of many, many saints and religious...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 24 October 2018

The outside is plain but the inside is amazing! Lots of old paintings used to teach the peasants the bible stories... give them the promise of heaven so they would not question the status quo! Interesting place to see.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank wombatdavid
Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

Austere outside gave no hint of the riches within. Walls covered with religious art - saints, Biblical scenes, traditional heaven and hell. Building contained a long corridor. Next to it were two large rooms — one for the women, one for the men (at least,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank JohnMDC
Reviewed 11 September 2018

When I saw the church from the outside I was expecting something austere on the inside. How wrong I was. The walls and ceilings were covered in beautiful frescoes. The details were amazing. It is great that the frescoes have been restored. The frescoes depict...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Dawn3847
Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

This place of worship is impressive, very old and full of picturesque artwork. Very small but we had a helpful guide who pointed out the key items of interest.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank waldorf53
Reviewed 21 June 2018

It took us a while, walking around Arbanasi to find this place because it is not well sign-posted. Ask for directions! From the outside, this church is unimpressive. That is just the point: the Christians were not allowed to have places of worship under the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank 703maryt
Reviewed 18 June 2018

Austere on the outside, the interior spaces dazzle with frescoes covering every inch of wall and ceiling. Allow time to let your eye roam and absorb the details: the faces, the robes, the scenes.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank ShowMeSomething
Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

Behind the rather basic exterior of this church is a truly stunning interior full of frescoes. The church consists of three rooms, each with a separate function and each full of amazing frescoes. It is very popular with tour groups so it would be an...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 31 May 2018

During the Ottoman period, Christian churches could be no higher than a man on horseback and had to look as if they were nothing more than a residence. This church met those tests but permitted the interior to be covered with frescoes of more than...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Playaman47
Reviewed 17 May 2018

This is the oldest church, the concrete stabilizers on the outside are constructed in order to preserve the frescoes inside.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Bonnie S
2 April 2016|
Response from travellingbear88 | Reviewed this property |
It is a small church. Don't need a day to cover.