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Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo

Bulgaria
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Ranked #107 of 287 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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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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Perth, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Went in August with 2 children (ages 7 and 9). There's a small parking lot with refreshment stand, and the one cave-church that is officially open is nearby. This church is being preserved. There's a beautiful view from the church and the adjoining lookout. A short walk up the road from the parking lot is a bridge crossing the river,... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

The Ivanovo site is not far from Ruse and it worths paying a visit there, there are some dangerous stairs to climb to the churches and to the place where you can see the canyon. You don't have to pay any fee to climb, but you must pay a fee if you want to enter in one of the churches.... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

The site have some amazing old mural icons but just in a small room(cave).The view from there is nice(it can seen the canyon valey). Really I had more expectations from this place.

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