Chiesa della Nativita, Arbanasi

4.7
#2 of 12 in Historic Sites in Veliko Tarnovo Province
Although the uncommon Chiesa della Nativita appears to be a simple house, it actually hides a church with lavish frescoes filling nearly the entire surface of the interior walls. During the Ottoman occupation, it was forbidden to build churches that exceeded heights of houses. So, the Christian community built this monument in the 16th century featuring very modest shapes and facade. Outside, you may not differentiate it from a horse stable. But inside you'll discover a wealth of Biblical motifs, including 4,000 frescoes that depict lives of Christ, the Virgin Mary, and various saints. Before you head to Arbanasi, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Arbanasi online holiday builder , to make sure you see all that Arbanasi has to offer, including Chiesa della Nativita.
Create an itinerary including Chiesa della Nativita
map
Chiesa della Nativita Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
123 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The best church in Arbanasi. They keep it in a very good conditions. Han conservado muy bien esta iglesia, esta restaurada guardando las pinturas originales.  more »
  • We were staying in Veliko Tarnovo and took a taxi one AM to Arbanasi. Frankly, we could not find sites! So....we did some walking....there are MANY hotels and restaurants,lots of tour busses and BG an...  more »
  • The Bishopric Nativity Church is not much to look at from the outside (because it had to be hidden so as not to be demolished in earlier years), but wait till you get inside! it has a domed ceiling an...  more »

Plan your trip to Arbanasi

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Arbanasi

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Arbanasi by other users

15 days in Bulgaria BY A USER FROM HUNGARY August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 27 days in Bulgaria BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 2 days in Arbanasi BY A USER FROM THAILAND March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in Bulgaria BY A USER FROM THAILAND April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Bulgaria BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 28 days in Bulgaria BY A USER FROM ITALY January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 11 days in Bulgaria BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Arbanasi & Veliko Tarnovo BY A USER FROM ROMANIA November, kids, popular PREFERENCES: November, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Veliko Tarnovo Province BY A USER FROM GREECE September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 23 days in Bulgaria BY A USER FROM BULGARIA October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Arbanasi BY A USER FROM TURKEY July, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 1 day in Arbanasi BY A USER FROM TURKEY July, culture, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans