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Chiesa della Nativita, Arbanasi

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Church Tourist Spot
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 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 »
  • 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 »
  • a most interesting history. Constructed with hidden features to obtain Ottoman permission! The interior walls and ceilings covered with frescoes that are very well preserved. The acoustics inside this...  more »

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