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Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo

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Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo

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fjane84 wrote a review Nov 2019
Island of Malta, Malta626 contributions143 helpful votes
There is a lovely walk up to the cave monastery with beautiful scenery around. The small cave has two sections : a church and a chapel. The painted walls and ceilings are really impressive, they date from the 1300s and the colours are so vibrant still. The paintings tell stories from the Bible and are unique and they portray people in a way that was advanced for that time in history, being much more realistic and accurate. The faces were removed by the ottomans who did not believe faces should be portrayed. The cost of entry is taken at the cave entrance and is not expensive. There is an info sheet in English but also the guide there spoke good English and gave us lots of information. There is free parking below the cave and a paid toilet, and gift shop.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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c0l88 wrote a review Oct 2019
Heswall, United Kingdom145 contributions76 helpful votes
The journey to the church is difficult in parts and in some ways more difficult coming down but it is worth it. You need good footwear and a dry day. Some great views from the top. Use the toilet facilities at the start before setting off.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Ainsley S wrote a review Aug 2019
Hale, United Kingdom46 contributions33 helpful votes
We visited here from Ruse. The walk up to the church is up a long slope where you get lovely panoramic views over the valley (buzzards visit but we didn’t see any), not an arduous walk. The church is filled with faded but impressive frescoes and the ticket seller at the top was helpful in pointing out what was happening in the paintings. Steps down were safe and a nice cafe at the bottom did basic but tasty food (the usual meatballs, fries with cheese and shopska).
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Marianne H wrote a review Jul 2019
Sydney, Australia305 contributions107 helpful votes
We were driven here from our ship. It was advertised as a hike but though the path up to the church we saw was steep and uneven it wasn’t too far. There were mosquitos so repellant is a good idea. The icons painted on the wall were faded but impressive.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Ivor S wrote a review Jun 2019
Sandhurst, United Kingdom217 contributions86 helpful votes
You can either access the church by steps or a fairly long walk up a slope. Good views across the valley by this route. As for the church have seen better elsewhere in the world but worth a look.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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