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Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo

Bulgaria
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Ranked #145 of 327 attractions in Bulgaria
Type: Ancient Ruins
Traveler Description: The six rock-hewn churches of Ivanovo are part of the largest Bulgarian rock monastery St. Archangel Michael located in the canyon of r. Rusenski... more »
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Travelling around Bulgaria using public transport, We decided to visit Rodenski Lom nature reserve and the churches. We travelled by train from Veliko Tărnovo, which was a wonderful efficient journey in a train with separate cabins, to Ivanovo as this seemed to be the closest tone to explore from. When we arrived it became clear that apart from an overpriced... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

After a long trip in Bulgaria's mountains we decided that we have a few spare hours that we can use to visit this location. Many times we just passed by Ivanovo but we never visited the site. Despite the road that is not very well marked (we had to use a gps that had the spot marked as a point... More

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Taipei, Taiwan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel in Veliko Turnovo, we headed north for the Romanian border. But before we cross over to Romania, we would be visiting two more places in Bulgaria. One of them was another Unesco WHS, the Rock Monastery of Ivanovo. It was a long drive from Veliko Turnovo and everyone was dying to use the... More

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Taree NSW Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

We were taken here by our guide as part of a group tour of Bulgaria. It was quite a climb to get to the top (and 119 steps to come down), but it was well worth the effort to see this church from 1360. Consisting of basically three rooms, carved from the rock, the church is covered in painted icons.... More

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Wiesloch, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

A day well spent I promise. Either stop on the way from Rousse to Sofia or better plan more time and combine visiting the unique church built in the 13th century in the rocks, with a picturesque walk up and down the hills with stunning views of the forest, rocks, Lom river and much more. The church itself has remarkable... More

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Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

As UNESCO heritage objective, I recommend the place as "must see". Also, the view is impressive and the track near the church is also interesting.

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BIRMINGHAM
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Caught the train from Ruse to Ivanovo and then walked through the village before a four km walk along a well maintained road with views of glorious countryside to the church and its fine frescoes.Only disappointment was that to help preserve the wildlife of the National Park there are more churches not available for visitors to see but still worth... More

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Focsani
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

In November 2012, I and my friends decided to visit another UNESCO site as I am obsessed with those places. Not far from Bucharest, only 20 km from Rousse in Bulgaria, is a group of monolithic churches, chapels and monasteries hewn out of solid rock: Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo. The rocks are on the canyon created there by the Rusenski... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Been there on a Sunday afternoon (the church was closed), but the panoramic views are nice. We also spotted an Egyptian eagle, the Park's most important "resident". It was lovely for a short afternoon trip (I'm from Romania and the Park is a 2-hour drive away), but I'm not sure it's worth it to come to the area just for... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

The access road from Ivanovo village to the site is about 4 km long and in good condition. The stairs are pretty steep and i guess can be dangerous in slippery conditions. You can visit only one church , very small one with some very nice murals , but that just about sums it . It's also quite intrusively restored... More

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