Red Church
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TravelTrooperX2
By TravelTrooperX2
Trying to be a main attraction. Should just be appreciated and preserved.
4.0 of 5 bubblesMay 2018
What’s left of the Red Church are picturesque ruins of an early Christian Roman building near the town of Perushtitsa. It is one of the oldest churches in Europe and originally built as a martyrium in the 4th century (a place which stored the remains of martyrs who died). It used to be sitting alone in the middle of the rolling hills. Now, this “tourist stop” is very confusing. We had to park between an aqueduct and cherry orchard along the main road. A newly laid brick path led us between the cherry orchard and aqueduct. At the end of the 10 minute walk there was a parking lot with over-grown weeds and a tourist information office that looked completely abandoned. How were any cars expected to reach this parking lot? All of a sudden a manager popped out of the building asking us to come pay for out ticket. I don’t think he had seen any visitors in a long time. He barely had enough change to gives us change from 20lev. Ticket was 6lev each CASH. The church itself had obviously had a great deal of care and money put towards its preservation. It had detailed educational signage, uplighting, benches, security cameras and a circular stone path around it. The oddity was that the circular path was buried under layers of mowed vegetation, the site closes at 5pm, so why would they need so much lighting and there was no one to enjoy the new benches. There was also a very large hornets next under the access bridge to the church's former interior. It was almost as if someone had a great idea to turn this into a major tourist attraction but ran out of money when they realized that there was no way to get any cars to their newly built parking lot. Aside from all the confusing elements surrounding the Red Church, it really did look idyllic in its pastoral setting. It is an out of the way stop for sure. But I did enjoy seeing it.

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TerraVR
Varna, Bulgaria604 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Family
The Red Church is among the most impressive monuments dating back to 5th -6th c. Reaching nowadays as imposing ruins, the church is one of the most outstanding Early Christian monuments in South Eastern Europe. You can cross the area, see and read many placards and reconstructions showing the importance of this spiritual center for centuries. It was a good spending time and money (only 4 lv. per adults and 2 lv. per children under 7 years and seniors) for my family during the way from Perushtitza to Plovdiv. Also in the reception biulding center you can take away many information blanks,books,Cd`s and ect.
Written August 18, 2015
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nikola_braykov
Sofia, Bulgaria10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Friends
Nice place. From a year you need to pay to visit it. There is two kind of tickets only for red church and combined with city museum.

If you are not a April Uprising fan, just bye a ticket for a red church.
Written May 23, 2017
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Krassimira K
Plovdiv, Bulgaria28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
Interesting place, but good to visit with a tour guide.
Best to visit in Spring or Autumn because the Summer in the region is very very hot, and there isn't places to hide.
Written September 3, 2015
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TravelTrooperX2
San Mateo, CA1,053 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
What’s left of the Red Church are picturesque ruins of an early Christian Roman building near the town of Perushtitsa. It is one of the oldest churches in Europe and originally built as a martyrium in the 4th century (a place which stored the remains of martyrs who died). It used to be sitting alone in the middle of the rolling hills. Now, this “tourist stop” is very confusing. We had to park between an aqueduct and cherry orchard along the main road. A newly laid brick path led us between the cherry orchard and aqueduct. At the end of the 10 minute walk there was a parking lot with over-grown weeds and a tourist information office that looked completely abandoned. How were any cars expected to reach this parking lot? All of a sudden a manager popped out of the building asking us to come pay for out ticket. I don’t think he had seen any visitors in a long time. He barely had enough change to gives us change from 20lev. Ticket was 6lev each CASH.

The church itself had obviously had a great deal of care and money put towards its preservation. It had detailed educational signage, uplighting, benches, security cameras and a circular stone path around it. The oddity was that the circular path was buried under layers of mowed vegetation, the site closes at 5pm, so why would they need so much lighting and there was no one to enjoy the new benches. There was also a very large hornets next under the access bridge to the church's former interior. It was almost as if someone had a great idea to turn this into a major tourist attraction but ran out of money when they realized that there was no way to get any cars to their newly built parking lot. Aside from all the confusing elements surrounding the Red Church, it really did look idyllic in its pastoral setting. It is an out of the way stop for sure. But I did enjoy seeing it.
Written June 15, 2018
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Ivan G
Plovdiv, Bulgaria26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
Great for a short getaway, free of charge and it opens great mountain views. Close promixity to Plovdiv, the road to the church aint the best, but its easy and parking isnt an issue. I recommend it for sure!
Written March 25, 2017
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San Diego Limousines
Sofia, Bulgaria2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
One of Bulgaria's oldest churches, this was first a rotunda, developed into a basilica later turned into a mortuary for the city's important people's remains. The location is overwhelmingly peaceful, almost spiritual.

A real gem.

If this place can be appreciated by a local like me who's seen half the world, then it's probably worth it. :)
Written May 25, 2016
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Stanislav S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
It's third most accent roman rest in whole East Europe.
It is pity that it's not so well known. Share and make it important,
otherwise we will loose our history.
Written February 20, 2016
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