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Shipchenski monastery (St Nikolay), Shipka

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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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  • Church with gilded domes and beautiful paintings inside, worth a stop if you are passing through, only to see the Church in Shipka.
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  • Monastery of Saint Nicholas in Shipka was built in memory of Russian and Bulgarian soldiers who died in the Russo-Turkish war. The monastery itself is very remarkable in the architectural plan. Also exceptional look Golden domes. The Bell Tower with 17 domes is impressive. Inside saw 24 mosaic slabs with names of dead soldiers in that war.
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  • Shipka monastery is better known as the Memorial Church of the Nativity. Built in the late XIX-early XX century in memory of the Russian soldiers who died during the liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman rule. The Church is designed in the typical Russian style with gold domes. Very neat and well-groomed. A lot of tourists at any time.
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