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Chiesa della Nativita

Arbanasi, Bulgaria
+359 88 510 5282
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Plenty of detail

This place of worship is impressive, very old and full of picturesque artwork. Very small but we... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2018
waldorf53
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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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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 21 June 2018
Mary T
,
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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“nativity church” (10 reviews)
“every inch” (7 reviews)
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Arbanasi, Bulgaria
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+359 88 510 5282
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"nativity church"
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"every inch"
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"veliko tarnovo"
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"amazing frescoes"
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"tour guide"
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"religious figures"
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"new testament"
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"floor to ceiling"
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"bulgarian orthodox"
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"entrance fee"
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"interesting interior"
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"choir sing"
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"helpful guide"
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"bible stories"
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"well worth the visit"
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"wall paintings"
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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.

Thank waldorf53
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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

Thank Mary T
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Reviewed 17 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.

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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

1  Thank Michael H
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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

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 22 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 10 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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Bonnie S
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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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