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Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo

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Address: Ivanovo 7088, Bulgaria
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History, Art and Landscape in a UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ivanovo, Bulgaria

I visited twice the beautiful Lom River Valley (Rusenski Lom), 20 minutes by car from the city of Rousse and the Danube River, in Northeast Bulgaria: a few years ago in November... read more

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited twice the beautiful Lom River Valley (Rusenski Lom), 20 minutes by car from the city of Rousse and the Danube River, in Northeast Bulgaria: a few years ago in November and this year in mid March. Both wonderful experiences, with nature in the specific colours of the season. The asphalted road is good. The Valley is like a... More 

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Reviewed December 22, 2016

Rock churches of Ivanovo are very unusual place with great cultural significance. You can left your luggage in the guest house near the train station Ivanovo and walk around 1 hour to the churches. Alternatively you can catch a taxi. Maybe it is not the must-see place, but definitely the most mystical place in Bulgaria.

Thank OlegButenko1974
Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed November 8, 2016

Along the scenic valley of the Roussenski Lom river about 20 kilometres south of Rousse, medieval churches have been carved into the cliffs above the river. They are noted for their frescos dating from the 13-14 century painted on the rock walls. From the parking lot a ten minute climb up stairs brings one to the church. Alternatively there is... More 

Thank Bob L
Sofia, Bulgaria
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Reviewed September 23, 2016 via mobile

The rock-hewn churches are protected by UNESCO and represent very old paintings in the rocks. The Last Supper painting is much older compared to Da Vinci one. However prepare for lots of stairs!

Sofia, Bulgaria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed September 7, 2016

In the past few days I visited quite a few rock churches/monasteries but this was a truly impressive one. The frescoes in the church are almost untouched by the time and climate. The church is build on a very high rock and I still cannot figure out how people have done this. This is a truly incredible place and it... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed August 31, 2016

A complex of rock hewn churches in the valley of the Roussenski Lom River, in north east Bulgaria will spark your soul with their mural fresco of 14th century . You will also enjoy the beautiful landscape around the area on the top ridges. The environment is very perfect.

Thank Jimmy P
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 21, 2016

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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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 

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Hong Kong, China
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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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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.

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