Chiesa della Nativita, Arbanasi

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#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.
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  • The Church of the nativity is truly an historical monument. Established during the Turkish occupation, it had to have a low profile, not to overshadow the conquerors' mosques. Therefore, the church is...  more »
  • From the outside the 15th century 'Rozhdestvo Hristovo' (Nativity) church in Arbanasi looks almost like a barn. But once inside the about 5 complicatedly arranged rooms one is quickly overwhelmed by t...  more »
  • Beautiful church with beautiful inside. If I am not mistaken the entrance is 5 leva, but it's totally worth it!  more »

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