Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo

Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo

Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
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mrc282
World8,276 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
there is a loop trail that takes 20 min with slow walk. you will walk the dirt path with gradual ascent, arriving to the Panoramic Rock, and 5 min later, the Church Rock Cave. frescos on the ceiling is more well-preserved than the one on the wall. there is also a balcony. once done, you walk down the stone steps back to trailhead
Written June 9, 2023
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Nik R
Varna, Bulgaria6,679 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
This is probably the most famous complex of rock churches in Bulgaria, located just about 20 km from the town of Ruse, in the picturesque gorge of the Rusenski Lom river.
There are well-preserved religious murals, dating from the 13th-14th century when the complex was first inhabited by hermit-monks who were grammarians and writers. The rock church with the murals - named "Sveta Bogoroditsa" or "The Holy Mother of God", along with plenty other rock churches and monastic cells in the area, is actually a part of the rock monastery "St Archangel Michael". The rock-hewn churches of Ivanovo are in the list of world cultural and natural heritage of UNESCO, one of the other 9 such sites in Bulgaria.
The church can be reached via 2 paths - one of them consists of about 100 steps and the other is a dirt path, not that steep but a bit longer which first leads to the top of the rock rim where is an awesome panoramic spot with stunning views. You can even see some of the other rock churches in the distance. Due to the anti-Covid measures, a one-route system was established - going up via the dirt path and coming down the stairs.
To enter the church and see the murals will cost you a couple of euros which includes an interesting explanations and information about the site by the guy selling the tickets - not sure if it could be in English.
Written June 15, 2021
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AdventurePhiles
Dallas, TX846 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
This is a gorgeously frescoed church of the life of Christ, painted on the walls of a rock cave. One cannot but delight in the age and the skill of the paintings and marvel at the fact that they are still there, in all of their splendor, for us to view. There are two ways up to the cave. One is an easy, gradual walk of about five minutes to a viewpoint and then a short walk along the ridge to the church cave. The other is directly up some stairs to the cave, maybe a two minute climb. I saw a few comments about the difficulty of reaching the top, but that can only be from people who have never climbed five flights of stairs. It truly is not difficult. But, it is not handicapped accessible.
Written June 21, 2018
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John A Carter
Lower Sackville, Canada3,756 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
I didn’t do a trail, but I did climb up to the churches built into the walls of rock. I also went into the new church, which is currently being built below in the courtyard. I found both to be extremely beautiful and it’s something interesting to see in the area. The cost was four Bulgarian lira to get in.
Written March 26, 2024
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Caro397
Berlin, Germany328 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Solo
If you are in Russe, going to the see the UNESCO heritage site is a much, even being half and hour out of town.

There is a good trail, but make sure you have good walking shoes and are sure on your feet as it is a steep hill to get up there - but not too long and a easy to follow path. Not a bad view from the top.

The murals inside the monastery are well preserved and are well worth the visit.
Written May 25, 2015
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c0l88
Heswall, UK172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
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.
Written October 30, 2019
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Ramutza
Bucharest, Romania613 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Loved this site, much more than Basarbavo. The rock church is small and it's just one (at Basarbavo there are several churches), but the views are better. The site is situated in a beautiful natural area with lots of panoramic views. The climb up is a bit rough, but not long. There are 2 options: a forest trail and stairs. Interesting old paintings in the cave-church. Big parking. Gift shop at the base with (paid) toilet and refreshments for sale. Not suited for people with mobility issues. No need for head cover or modest clothes.
Written August 17, 2018
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Lubomir S
Varna, Bulgaria616 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Family
This cave monastery dates from the 13th century, preserved in the heart of Mother Nature with its entire beauty. The way to it is spectacular as well, one should not take the stairs, but walk on the asphalt about 100 meters and then take the ancient path with breath - taking panoramic view. The unique feature of this place is that it still has the original wall paintings from 1000 years ago. I loved it!!!
Written May 18, 2017
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Angel H
Sofia, Bulgaria74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
Situated in the beautiful surroundings of the Rusenski Lom National park the church is located high above the parking. There is plenty of room for at least 50 cars so don't worry about not being able to park. Next to the parking there are only a few tables offering souvenirs so there is really no refreshments offered. The church is reached by a steep flight of stairs BUT there is a pleasant path going there as well. It is much less steep and accessible and offers a nice panoramic view along the way. The church itself is covered in mural paintings preserved since the 14th century. The church is small, no more than 15 square metres. The entrance is 4lv. which is quite cheap. There is a person who can explain a lot about it all and put it in historical perspective.
Written May 6, 2017
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Visator
Bucharest30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
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 canyon with high rocks, caves and forests on both sides of the road, a protected Natural Park with rare species of Orchid and lot of birds. In this spectacular landscapes you can visit the 13th-14th century old rock-hawn churches with original paintings on the inside stone walls, a UNESCO World Heritage Monument.
Here there was a monastery of cave and rock-hawn chapels and churches with monks living in isolation between the early 13th century and the 17th century. The main visitable painted church you can reach by going up on a reasonable, narrow path and coming down on steps, both with solid metal handrails. The paintings in vivid colours with biblical scenes and the view over the valley are estonishing. A guide sells the tickets and offers explanations.
Near-by in the same area you can visit St. Dimitri Basarbovski Monastery with rock-hawn chapels (10 km) and the ancient and medieval city of Cherven (13 km), situated on a high plateau with impressive high precinct walls and towers, ruins of palace, churches and and houses. You can visit all these in a couple of hours. The price of the tickets is very reasonable.
Written March 30, 2017
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