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“Nativity Church”

Chiesa della Nativita
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Arbanasi
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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 outside and its architecture is very simple. But the interior paintings.... WOW!

Thank Laura B
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"beautiful church"
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"eastern orthodox church"
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"new testament"
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"floor to ceiling"
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"amazing frescoes"
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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 much to look at, although there is a small, old cemetery with ancient tombstones right in front of the entrance to the church. The contrast of this church with the surrounding, rather prosperous neighborhood is quite impressive. Entering the church, an antirely new universe opens up: every wall and ceiling is covered with brilliant, colorful frescoes, depicting multiple Bible stories, vignettes from the life of Jesus, the apsotles, the saints, etc. It is truly an impressive collection of frescoes. Make sure you go on a guided tour. Other wise, you will miss much of this overwhelming collection. It is open between April and October, between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm, except for Monday mornings. A token entrance fee is charged.

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 New Testament, but also of ancient Greek philosophers, done in the 17th century.

A visit to the church is included in the 20 BGN two-days combined ticket for 10 museums (20 BGN). A separate entrance is otherwise 6 BGN. Photography is not allowed inside. Outside there are a few souvenir stalls.

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 by the Turks, they permitted their subjects to have a place where they could practice their own religion but on the proviso that the exterior of their church didn't dominate the towns and villages in which they stood. Hence the low level and very plain and ordinary exterior of the buildings. Inside however they could decorate the place as much as they liked - and boy did they! Well worth a visit.

Thank ArryAwk
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