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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  • August 14, 2017
    It is a beautiful monastery is golden onion-shaped towers. 1877-mourning Russia soldiers died at 78 in Russian-Turkish war, was built. From the central square of Kazanlak in front of bus stop on the No. 6 bus at Shipka Center. (30 minutes, 1.8 Lv). From there, about 20 minutes. If you go toward the Golden Tower!
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  • August 10, 2017
    If you are visiting the Rose Valley this is one of the spots everyone must visit. The monastery has a beautiful architecture and a rich history.  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    From Plovdiv we diverted a bit on our way to Veliko Tarnarvo and found the the road to Shipka. A definite WOW! The Russian influence was evident......the golden domes were amazing.....the interior fre...  more »

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