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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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  • Monastery imposing from the outside, Russian style with a huge and beautiful domes both inside and out, totally worth the visit, and is free!
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  • In passing we spent a beautiful Russian church, which was built with help of the representatives of the Russian colony, and the same is being held still with these money.. Has a living room with the graves, and for me, it was interesting The Church itself is beautiful! From every angle! The shops around sell some really cool stuff, the SOAP, hand cream and body lotion are lower than in the Centre of Sofia. (I paid 11 liv). Church supply store, also had a lot of cool stuff!
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  • Playful and kitschy and definitely worth seeing from the inside. You should bring not really much time, if you are in the area but shine the Golden roofs from a distance and curl to a visit. Also worth seeing is the...
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