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Chiesa della Nativita

Arbanasi, Bulgaria
+359 88 510 5282
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Fascinating history and impressive frescos

It took us a while, walking around Arbanasi to find this place because it is not well sign-posted... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Mary T
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Must see

Austere on the outside, the interior spaces dazzle with frescoes covering every inch of wall and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
ShowMeSomething
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Washington DC
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  • Average3%
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Travellers talk about
“old church” (11 reviews)
“every inch” (6 reviews)
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Arbanasi, Bulgaria
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+359 88 510 5282
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"old church"
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"veliko tarnovo"
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"every inch"
in 6 reviews
"sistine chapel"
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"beautiful church"
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"tour guide"
in 5 reviews
"eastern orthodox church"
in 4 reviews
"religious figures"
in 3 reviews
"new testament"
in 3 reviews
"floor to ceiling"
in 4 reviews
"amazing frescoes"
in 3 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 3 reviews
"turkish occupation"
in 2 reviews
"interesting interior"
in 2 reviews
"choir sing"
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"bible stories"
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"well worth the visit"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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

Thank Mary T
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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.

Thank ShowMeSomething
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

1  Thank Playaman47
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Reviewed 17 May 2018

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

Thank Damjan D
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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

Amazing interior. Beautiful decoration. Highly recommended. Ask for a tour guide. The origin of the church and how it was built is very interesting. Christians were not authorised by Muslims to build churches that could be recognise from outside. So this church has no cross...More

Thank Laura B
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

The Church of the nativity is truly an historical monument. Established during the Turkish occupation, it had to have a low profile, not to overshadow the conquerors' mosques. Therefore, the church is part dug underground and has a really low profile. The exterior is not...More

Thank Gabriel H
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

From the outside the 15th century 'Rozhdestvo Hristovo' (Nativity) church in Arbanasi looks almost like a barn. But once inside the about 5 complicatedly arranged rooms one is quickly overwhelmed by the richness and quality of the many wall paintings.with scenes from the Old and...More

Thank saronic
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

Beautiful church with beautiful inside. If I am not mistaken the entrance is 5 leva, but it's totally worth it!

Thank Elżbieta W
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Reviewed 2 November 2017

Looked at from the outside this church is not that impressive but open the door and take a look inside! it is decorated from floor to ceiling with amazing frescoes and paintings depicting religious stories and tales from the Bible. When this region was ruled...More

Thank ArryAwk
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Bonnie S
2 April 2016|
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Response from travellingbear88 | Reviewed this property |
It is a small church. Don't need a day to cover.
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