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Aladzha Monastery

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Address: in Naturpark, Varna, Bulgaria
Phone Number: 35952355460
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Fascinating monastery carved out of the rock face

This place is incredible. It was abandoned by the monks when the Turks invaded. Aladzha means 'colourful' in Turkish, and the wall paintings impressed them so much, they left it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Hilary M
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place is incredible. It was abandoned by the monks when the Turks invaded. Aladzha means 'colourful' in Turkish, and the wall paintings impressed them so much, they left it alone. It is now a major tourist attraction and definitely worth a look. There are a lot of steps and climbing involved, so a head for heights and a reasonable... More 

Thank Hilary M
Varna, Bulgaria
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

17 km north of central Varna and 3 km west of Golden Sands resort, in a protected forest area adjacent to the Golden Sands Nature Park.

Thank miminski
Golden Sands, Bulgaria
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

the monastery is very old in the vizantian empyria-isixazam this is monks is not have noting only ISUS-XRISTOS NIKA

Thank krasen2015
North Florence, Alabama, United States
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

If some one visit Varna,they should visit aladzha monastery,its like 10 km from varna town,the buses going to golden sands can drop you close to that location,alternatively there are taxis who goes there and can charge you up-down 10-20 leva (bulgarian,1 euro=1.95 leva).The entry fee is 6-10 euro,the atmosphere is awesome..there are many caves to see.

Thank 294Soumya
Leuven, Belgium
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104 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

We visited this place as part of out Northern Bulgarian coast trip. I am not sure whether our expectations were too high or there was something else but we were mildly impressed While we were certainly impressed by the way the monks used to live we were disappointed by the lack of "story-telling" and sufficient historical information. Nevertheless, the place... More 

Thank Maksim B
San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

This is unlike any other monastery you are likely to visit. So while it's small and you can see it in about an hour, it's worth the visit just based on how cool it is. It gets four stars for the uniqueness, historical value and upkeep. Worth a visit if you're in Varna and have time.

Thank Syrusneilson
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015 via mobile

We visited with my family. It was a nice experience. Felt the spirit of the monastery. Recommend to visit.

Thank Anna H
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

This place is something that someone don't see many times. I highly recommend this place. The history that this place has is really exciting

Thank Γιώργος Δ
the west
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164 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

The monastery is very interesting and it gives you a good understanding of the devotion of these monks. You are able to see where and how they lived and even where they are buried. There is a museum at the entrance which is also nice. However, we were surprised with the beauty of the grounds. The landscaping is very nice... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

It shows the holy human beings going to mountains for praying in silence away from crowded cities and simple people.it helps you concentrate..

Thank Fatemeh A

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