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The monastery is an amazing place to visit. Gives the sense of the ancient times. The path walks... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lili G
Sofia, Bulgaria
Very Interesting Place

Natural caves turned into homes for monks. It feels the difficult life that the monks have led... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Пейчо П
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed July 25, 2016

It's an interesting attraction with an interesting history. The views were lovely and the grounds very peaceful. The entrance fee was minimal. There is also a museum, a cafe and a forest there that you can have a wonder around.

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Most Helpful Critical Review
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...More

1  Thank Maksim B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The monastery is an amazing place to visit. Gives the sense of the ancient times. The path walks are well secured, it is rather interesting to listen to the story of the place. Very much worth visiting it!

Thank Lili G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Natural caves turned into homes for monks. It feels the difficult life that the monks have led living in this monastery.

Thank Пейчо П
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Very calm nice beautiful place to explore outside varna city. Wonderful shows in the evenings in summer time!

Thank Inessa1010
Reviewed September 27, 2018

Aladzha monastery is a cavern complex built in the limestone rocks by hermits to live their ascetic life far from the world's vanity. It's located in a very interesting and peaceful place - among a forest in the Golden Sands Nature Park. The beautiful nature...More

1  Thank Mariya K
Reviewed September 23, 2018

The caverns are in a beautiful setting, in a forest and cut out of an unusual looking limestone formation. It must have been a very primitive life for the monks to live in this harsh environment but walking on these ancient pathways helps the imagination....More

1  Thank dasreiseteam
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

Great place, very peaceful enhanced by monastic music , walk in woods to catacombs. Good museum. Not seen any thing like this. Cells carved out of rock.

Thank Lynda D
Reviewed September 10, 2018

The place were monks built a place to live, pray and die in the heart of a mountain. If you are around Varna it's a pity not to take an hour of your time and visit this place. There is a little museum where the...More

Thank Marius I
Reviewed August 30, 2018

Interesting place, you have to get up hill and some stairs but is wort it. After sunset sometimes they have a music and lighting show. Entry is 10 leva per person, for few more you can visit the little museum. This place has a small...More

Thank vtc2017
Reviewed August 30, 2018

An interesting archeological site and an immaculate museum of artifacts saved from the rock monastery made this an interesting visit. No catering facilities available when we visited in August, so take water with you unless you fancy chancing the natural springwater. Several staff available but...More

Thank Jake S
Reviewed August 27, 2018

The Monastery is in the mountains, about a 5 minute drive from Varna, Bulgaria. The pictures you see on the internet are accurate, but make the place look larger than it is. Having said that, it is totally worth your time to visit. It is...More

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Response from Andy_Bickley | Reviewed this property |
Public bus number 409 goes from opposite the cathedral to Golden sands (30 minutes). Get off at the stop before the bus starts to go downhill to Golden sands. Tell the driver Aladzha monastery. The monastery is sign... More