Trip Planner: Europe / Bulgaria / Veliko Tarnovo Province / Arbanasi / Historic Sites / Chiesa della Nativita
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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On a day trip to Arbanasi my tour guide took me to this wonderful different church. I have seen what feels like thousands of Churches in my trips around the world in my lifetime ( i'm 66) but there wa... more »
The church is absolutely covered in paintings and I do mean covered: walls, ceiling, stabilizers. It was amazing to see all the stories on the wall although some have been upkept more than others. It'... more »
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 »
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