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Shipchenski monastery (St Nikolay), Shipka

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Religious Site
To honor Bulgaria's liberation from the Ottoman rule, Russian architects created Shipchenski monastery (St Nikolay), considered by some to be the finest-looking structure in the country. Featuring gilded onion-shaped domes and colorful mosaics, the church is a masterpiece of Russian 17th-century architecture. Standing 53 m (174 ft) tall, it rises above trees and rooftops, and its 17 bells can be heard from miles away. Step inside and see the vibrant decoration and frescoes, and observe mosaics with the names of nearly 18,500 soldiers who lost their lives during the Liberation War of 1877-1878. Use our Shipka trip itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Shipchenski monastery (St Nikolay) and other attractions in Shipka.
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  • It is inevitable, at least for me, that this kind of Russian-style buildings seem facts before yesterday, should be by excessive brightness. Should I still recognize, on the other hand, its appeal. And in this case I must say that I was pleasantly surprised, is better than it seems... and amazing it is to see a building characteristics and size in the middle of the tiny Shipka... is disproportionate, and that gives it a special attraction.
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  • If it goes through the area, it is a must-see. Golden domes are distinguished from the far away among the trees.
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  • this is a "must see" place on the way from stara zagora to shipka monument and to buzludja. in the quiet forest you can walk and see the curch from all sides. it is beautiful. step in side and after e...  more »