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Chiesa della Nativita

Arbanasi, Bulgaria
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Arbanasi
Type: Religious Sites
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Millington, Tennessee
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

We were pleasantly surprised by this Orthodox church. You have to step down into the church which is partially underground. We listened to a 4-man choir sing some traditional hymns so we could hear the acoustics. Excellent stop.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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43 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

If you get an opportunity to visit this church-- probably as part of a Danube cruise bus excursion to the charming village of Arbanasi in Bulgaria-- do not miss it. The Turkish occupiers forbid Bulgarians from building churches any higher than a house, so what Bulgarians were not able to do on the outside they more than compensated for inside.... More

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Sydney, Australia
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

When we approached this building I was unimpressed and wondered if it was just another church visit to pad out our day tour. Our tour group entered through a tiny door and was handed over to a local guide who took us into the body of this church where my jaw dropped. The walls and ceilings of the church's interior... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

The Church of Nativity of Christ in Arbanasi, would have to be the best church we have ever visited. It has been is continues to be restored but the overwhelming feeling of the 16th century hits you in the face upon entering. The frescos are particularly fascinating with every book of the bible covered. I particularly loved the wheel of... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This is also known as the Nativity Church. It was an excursion offered on the Viking River cruise. A bit off the beaten path but well worth it. One doesn't have to be religious to appreciate the craftsmanship that was involved in creating all these murals. They are restored beautifully in full color. The local guides do a tremendous job... More

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chicago
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35 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

This is an incredible little church in Arbanasi. The frescoes date back to the 16th century and have been meticulously restored. The colors are very vibrant. Having a guide to explain the various images is helpful. Do not forget to pay attention to the Wheel of Life painting. FYI: Photography is allowed without flash, and there is enough lighting inside... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

The stone and wood exterior of this church is very humble, but once inside you will be awe struck! This church is a UNESCO designated structure full of 17th c murals like you have never seen before! Unfortunately, you cannot take photos inside the church but you can purchase postcards nearby. We had the pleasure of hearing a small choir... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

this church is an amazing building with more than 2000 frescos all over walls and ceilings. Located in a tiny village away from Veliko Tornovo, it is an impressive testimony of the orthodox religious art from past centuries (400 years ago). Paintings are well conserved, in all 5 rooms. You have to pay a small fee to enter the church... More

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

The structure, by law, is as tall as a man on his horse. Simple finishings outside but amazing on the inside. Walls, beams, celling are covered in art work. The structure was built about 1600 and has stood up well to the passage of time. Efforts to brace/support the building and to restore some of the 2000 frescos have occurred... More

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Quite unimpressive from the outside, and yet this is because of laws within the Ottoman empire regarding building religious temples different from Muslim mosques. The inside though is really remarkable. For me as a Bulgarian who also travels a lot around the country it is probably the church with the most frescos in a square meter I have seen. When... More

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