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Chiesa della Nativita, Arbanasi
(4.7/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web)
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. A visit to Chiesa della Nativita represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Arbanasi family vacation planner to plot your vacation.
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  • This church is amazing, wall-to-wall with well-kept murals. It dates from the 15th century and is in amazingly good condition. From the outside, you would barely know it is a church. Allegedly the pat...  more »
  • This cute little church is typical of the area with wall to wall icons. I really enjoyed my tour, but would have been happier if they had authorized photos. 
  • This wonderful little church deserves its nickname. It had beautiful, original frescoes on every surface. Our guide was excellent.