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Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo

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Address: Ivanovo | Ruse, 7088, Bulgaria
Phone Number: 82825002
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Old and Remarkanly Well Preserved

This small church cut high on a cliff is certainly worth a visit as the ancient frescoes are so well preserved considering the location and situation. It is a UNESCO site, so a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This small church cut high on a cliff is certainly worth a visit as the ancient frescoes are so well preserved considering the location and situation. It is a UNESCO site, so a very important artefact in the history of Bulgaria.

Thank Izvor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

Nestled within the Rusenski Nature Park is this gem. The path leading up to the monastery takes you along beautiful nature scenes. I was greeted by dozens of blue dragon flies. Getting to the top of the path the panorama reveals the many rock openings of the monatery cells. Quite incredible as access to those hights is a challenge. The... More 

Thank 77LuluE
Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

A good 10 minutes hike up and you will reach this place. You can either take up the steps or the slope up to you. We took the stairs up and the slope on the way down, en route a beautiful cliff for the view of the plain. The church itself has fresco in it, not being restored.

Thank Jacqueline A
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

After a moderate climb, you come to the rock church. It is amazing inside, with all of the well-preserved frescos on the walls and ceilings. I found it odd that you are allowed to touch them! The panoramic view from the rock just further on is breathtaking.

Thank keithflow
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Near the border of Romania and Bulgaria is a well hidden gem of the church, built from 12th to the 13th or 14th century, located up on a steep cliff. It's well worth the exhausting climb once you see the magnificent frescos inside the cave and marvel at the breathtaking view. There's a restroom near the souvenir shop but you... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

A bit of a climb up to the one open rock church open to the public (5-6 in the area) In a vertical limestone cliff the murals are some 600 hundred years old & although have had conservation treatment they are unrestored Surrounding caves are bare Good views of surrounding countryside from panoramic rock

Thank Darrel J
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

A little out of the way but only a short drive from Ruse. We visited Orthodox Easter Sunday and lucked out as the church was opened though it was supposed to be closed. Some nice panoramic views of the park and a nice little walk around the park made for a pleasant visit.

Thank Robert W
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

This is an interesting place as it is not everyday that you see a church in a rock. The surrounding view is nice too.

Thank JustLoveToFly
Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016

If you're traveling in Northern Bulgaria or Southern Romania as we were, going to the see this UNESCO world heritage site is highly recommended. I had read about these churches and monasteries that were carved into the sides of mountains and decided it was worth the drive from Bucharest to see them. It was an interesting drive, the roads are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Place. Please notice - the роад signs are not very good, you must climb stairs /app. 20 min. to the church/ but this is worth. After the church go to the Panorama rock /buy a map/ and see all the cave churches around /they are more than 40/.

Thank Alexander H

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