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Address: Arbanasi, Bulgaria
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The church is absolutely covered in paintings and I do mean covered: walls, ceiling, stabilizers. It was amazing to see all the stories on the wall although some have been upkept... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ingrid S
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Annapolis, Maryland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The church is absolutely covered in paintings and I do mean covered: walls, ceiling, stabilizers. It was amazing to see all the stories on the wall although some have been upkept more than others. It's comparatively a bit expensive at 6lv a person and no photos allowed, but still amazing to see if you're into religious art.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

We were not supposed to take photos inside but I see there's a few sneaky ones around. Super ornate interior.. you can see where the restorations have been. Cared for by the locals. No wonder they are proud of this

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016

From the exterior this church is not that impressive. The beauty of this low but long old church which originally dates from the 15th century is revealed in the interior where almost every inch of the walls are covered in frescoes dating from the 17th century. The tour guide that we had was an expert on the interpretation of these... More 

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London
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Reviewed 16 November 2016

Like all churches in Bulgaria when it was occupied by the Ottomans this one had to be built low as a respect to the Islamic rulers. The church is full of wonderful icons and we were also lucky enough to have a Bulgarian orthodox choir singing for us for tem minutes, If you are in Arbanasi this is a must... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016

This church is amazing, wall-to-wall with well-kept murals. It dates from the 15th century and is in amazingly good condition. From the outside, you would barely know it is a church. Allegedly the patriarch wanted to keep it low-key to avoid attracting attention from the periodic invasions into the area. The tour guides are excellent. No photography is allowed inside.

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

This cute little church is typical of the area with wall to wall icons. I really enjoyed my tour, but would have been happier if they had authorized photos.

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Sheridan, Wyoming, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

This wonderful little church deserves its nickname. It had beautiful, original frescoes on every surface. Our guide was excellent.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

The art work in the church is a hidden gem. Photographs in the Church are however not allowed, but it is well worth the 10 minute drive from Veliko Tarnovo. Also in Arbasini are old houses depicting the living conditions of years gone by.

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 237 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

The Church was built during the 15th century where nearly every inch of the vaulted interior was covered in paintings and frescoes. The stone structure appeared to be quite ordinary when viewed from outside but once you stepped indoor, you would be surprised with what you saw. No photos were allowed in order to preserve the paintings better but we... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 3 October 2016

The icons and frescoes in this church are some of the best preserved in the world. This historic site looks very ordinary from the outside but once you step in, you'll understand why the locals work hard to maintain this most unsual property. Every square inch of the walls and the ceiling are painted with beautiful scenes either from the... More 

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