Chiesa della Nativita, Arbanasi

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#2 of 6 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.
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  • August 16, 2017
    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 »
  • July 29, 2017
    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 »
  • July 10, 2017
    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 »

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