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Chiesa della Nativita, Arbanasi

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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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  • We were not supposed to take photos inside but I see there's a few sneaky ones around. Super ornate interior.. you can see where the restorations have been. Cared for by the locals. No wonder they are...  more »
  • Church of the Nativity in arbanassi resort was built in the late 16th century. Inside the whole painted old frescoes, which many have called the most beautiful in Bulgaria. Indeed, the spectacle is fantastic and breathtaking. Take pictures inside is strictly prohibited. The price of the ticket-6 leva, but better to buy an integrated ticket which entitles you to visit the majority of churches, museums and other attractions in and around Veliko Tarnovo. Its price is 20 BGN, integrated family ticket-30 BGN.
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  • From the exterior this church is not that impressive. The beauty of this low but long old church which originally dates from the 15th century is revealed in the interior where almost every inch of the...  more »