Rozhdestvo Hristovo Temple
Rozhdestvo Hristovo Temple
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The Memorial Temple of the Birth of Christ, nown as Shipka Monastery is a Bulgarian Orthodox church built near the town of Shipka between 1885 and 1902 to Antoniy Tomishko's design in the 17-century Muscovite style. It is, together with the other parts of the Shipka Monument, dedicated to the soldiers that died for the liberation of Bulgaria in the Russo-Turkish War, 1877-78.
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TheLush101
Cardiff, UK2,405 contributions
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Aug 2022 • Friends
A stunning building sitting above the town. We visited here in late afternoon as an unexpected part of our tour (we'd deviated from the original itinerary!). From the car park, there are a few steps up to the building itself. We had a few minutes to go inside and take a look around - definitely worth a stop if you're nearby.
Written March 27, 2023
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JJ
Berlin, Germany699 contributions
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Jul 2020 • Couples
This region is littered with churches, and this is one with potentially the best looking exterior. Interior is not bad either, yet not as impressive as the outside. Worth a detour when traveling to Veliko Tărnovo from the south.
Written July 19, 2020
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Michael Catling
Swanwick, UK71 contributions
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May 2019 • Couples
We visited the place of worship by car and parked it in a small car park at the foot of the church. It cost 1 lev Bulgaria money which was collected by a man sat on the steps. There are a small collection of shops that you can buy nick naks and they are very cheap. Once in the church ground you can’t be impressed by the beautiful architecture of the church with its golden dome towers and outside decoration. But you will be blow away by the inside paintings and workmanship, no photo’s are allowed inside. We had a chance to receive a blessing from the priest which are there though out the day but I think this was not the norm so made it very special and we gave a little donation to the church.
Written May 21, 2019
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Dora6053
Bucharest, Romania1 contribution
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Jul 2013 • Couples
Yes, I went to visit Shipka and all information got from Tripadvisor were correct and useful.
The area from Bulgaria we visit is extremely beautiful for the ones that like nature, big open green spaces , walks, peaceful places to relax. Is a mountain and hills area and two big valleys: one with roses plantation and the other where the Thracian kings tombs are located. Roads are very good. The road from Veliko Tarnovo towards Shipka that goes up and down over the mountain is in the shadow of green forest and from the top, looking to the valleys, the view is quite unique. You need a GPS with you because not always you find indications written in English. The Cirilc alphabet used in Bulgaria is unique and can`t be read and understood if you are not local. We stay at Hotel Shipka, a villa in fact, where we rent a one bedroom apartment, Nice, clean place with a great view over the valley that could be admired from our balcony. The owners, friendly and professional, spoke good English and gave us local touristic maps and advice what to visit. They have also a small restaurant where you can have dinner and a bottle of good local wine. The Saint Nikolay monastery is so much decorated that looks like a wedding cake covered with pink and white ornaments and in top with golden cupolas. Around it is a nice old trees park. We visit the Thracian kings tombs. Not all of them are open for public, but the ones opened are with tourist guiding, done by the persons that are also selling the tickets. Usually all places are with tickets of 6 Leva ( Bulgarian currency) by person and information is in English. Seuthes king tomb, Kazanlak tomb and history museum Iskra are nice places to visit. We visit also a very beautiful farm and museum of roses that was a dream of bright colors and smells.
Written July 29, 2013
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Leonie O
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Apr 2021
The burial place of those who fell in the battle of Shipka Pass, whether Muslim or Christian, Bulgarian or Turkish or Russian, this temple reminds one that in death, we are all equal. In death, we are all comrades and friends, In death, all we mourn is the loss, not the victory or defeat.
Written April 30, 2021
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Suwatss
Bangkok, Thailand5,681 contributions
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Jun 2019 • Couples
This iconic Russian church built to commemorate the independence of Bulgaria helped by Russian army is beautiful from outside afar given it is located at the hilltop and its glittering five domes are very eye catching. Inside interior is also impressive with colorful murals. Don’t miss.
Written June 2, 2019
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svetlyo_sv
Varna, Bulgaria523 contributions
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Jun 2018 • Family
This place should remind us, that peace and freedom are most valuable than everything else. Visit it!
Written June 17, 2018
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Richard_Harpum
Doncaster, United Kingdom1,801 contributions
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May 2018 • Couples
My wife and I visited the Shipka Monastery (Shipchenski Manastir St Nikolay) during a 10-day holiday in Bulgaria.
It was not even mentioned in our guide book but we saw it while driving past and decided to pay it a visit. I am so glad that we did because it is absolutely breath-taking both outside and inside. I paid the BGN 5 fee to allow me to take photos inside – worth every penny. I could come up with a large number of superlatives to describe this place – it is fabulous.
This is the best thing we saw on that day and I would highly recommend it as a “must see” when travelling through central Bulgaria.
We then drove up the Shipka Pass, which was a beautiful drive with some interesting history at the top of the pass.
Written June 1, 2018
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Tabiddy
West Molesey, UK112 contributions
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Aug 2016 • Friends
This building is so colourful and impressive, topped with huge gold onion-shaped domes that are stunning and catch the light. It's a delight to walk around and photograph.

Unfortunately it's showing the early signs of disrepair on the one side of the steeple, but overall it is still in very good condition.

The inside is beautifully adorned and painted, but in my view, is not as impressive as the exterior and photographs don't appear to be allowed.

There's a display section in the basement but unfortunately nothing was in English, so we couldn't learn much about the place.

Outside, the church is surrounded by pretty gardens with tall tapering trees all around you. There's a little play ground for children, a coffee/snack shop and small souvenir shop too.

The toilets were pretty dire though, but this doesn't appear to be unusual compared to other attractions we visited in these parts.

There's a parking lot and a few market stalls nearby to pick up other mementos or Bulgarian wares.

Definitely worth visiting if you're nearby but you'll only need a couple of hours.

If you're a keen photographer, its worth noting that the trees cast loads of shadows on the building, so pick your time carefully.
Written August 18, 2016
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TNNKY
Province of Munster, Ireland1,287 contributions
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Aug 2015 • Friends
As one drives from Plovdiv towards Veliko Turnova near to the Shipka Pass the Golden domes of this church can be seen glistening in the sun for miles.
It captures your imagination and inquisitiveness and you feel compelled to investigate it further.
Located on a hill overlooking Shipka the entrance to this iconic church is not immediately visible but with a little bit of exploring we found the narrow road leading to it.

It is a truly amazing sight with its five golden domes and its bright paintwork.

It is like something out of a fairytale book and it is very surprising to learn that it is not in fact from the 15th or 16th century but the late 19th century.

Built over a period of seven years between 1895 and 1902 it stands as a monument to the eighteen thousand odd Russian and Bulgarian soldiers who died in the Russo/turkish war of 1877 -78 and the battles at the nearby Shipka Pass.

(Four battles were fought in the Shipka Pass in which the Russian Empire/ Bulgaria suffered 13, 500 dead and injured while the Ottoman Empire had 24, 000 killed and wounded and 36, 000 captured)

Russia suffered the greatest losses with 105, 467 killed or subsequently died followed by Romania at 4302; Bulgaria at 3456 dead and wounded and Serbia and Montenegro at 2400.
Of course we should not forget that the Ottoman empire lost 120, 000 soldiers; 30, 000 were killed and 90, 000 died of wounds and disease.
Plaques inside the church name all the dead non Ottoman empire soldiers.

The money to build the church was sourced from Russia and russia owned the church until 1934 when it was handed over to the Bulgarian people.

The Emperor of Russia Nicholas 11 donated the main bell that weighs a massive 12 tonnes. There are 16 more smaller bells.

If the church itself does not attract you do go in to pay your respects to those who shed their blood for freedom and whom, through the resultant Treaty of San Stefan and the later conference of Berlin, obtained the freedom of their lands from the rule of the Ottoman empire
Written April 7, 2016
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