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Chiesa della Nativita

Arbanasi, Bulgaria
+359 88 510 5282
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An outstanding example of Eastern Orthodox church

The Church of the nativity is truly an historical monument. Established during the Turkish... read more

Reviewed 22 January 2018
Gabriel H
,
Bellaire, Texas, United States
it is the frescoes

From the outside the 15th century 'Rozhdestvo Hristovo' (Nativity) church in Arbanasi looks almost... read more

Reviewed 10 January 2018
saronic
,
Zurich, Switzerland
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“old church” (10 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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"sistine chapel"
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"beautiful church"
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"eastern orthodox church"
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"no photography"
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"new testament"
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"floor to ceiling"
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"tour guide"
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"amazing frescoes"
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"religious figures"
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"entrance fee"
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"turkish occupation"
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"every surface"
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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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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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Reviewed 1 October 2017

this is like your usual church with frescoes but on steroids. Not a bit of bare wall anywhere. It really is extraordinary and well worth a visit

Thank Chrissie M
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Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

The interior of this church is stunning with every inch covered in 16th century frescoes depicting biblical scenes and other stories. There is an unusual ' wheel of life ' fresco depicting the passage of a centenarian's life with its less than optimistic ending and...More

Thank Kerrylan
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Reviewed 24 September 2017

We got an early bus (about 8.30 am) out of Veliko Tarnovo to Arbanasi and it was well worth it to wander around before the tour buses arrive. We pretty much had the place to ourselves and were free to wander into the churches without...More

Thank grimreaper21
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Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

I have been in many churches, but nothing like this. Almost every inch is covered with paintings of religious figures, which I assume are saints as they have halos around their heads. Many are pictured as being in the process of being beheaded. I guess...More

Thank Gcruik
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Reviewed 31 August 2017

Church of the Nativity is the oldest and the most richly decorated church in the village of Arbanasi, a must see while visiting the village and totally worth the 6 Lv. entrance fee. All walls and ceilings are covered by beautiful frescoes, icons and paintings;...More

1  Thank DOBCHO
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Reviewed 23 August 2017

Arbanasi is very picturesque little village. This church is well worth the visit. I was very impressed with the interior of the church and I highly recommend the visit.

Thank Atanas S
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Bonnie S
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It is a small church. Don't need a day to cover.
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