Shipchenski monastery (St Nikolay), Shipka

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. Using our international travel planner, Shipka attractions like Shipchenski monastery (St Nikolay) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Ancient Russian style cross building, not just a glance, surmounted by a large central dome with four minors in onion, browned. At the entrance to a bell tower with seventeen bells. Religious frescoes with others representing companies Russian war. TO SEE.
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  • It was erected to commemorate and celebrate the feat of the Russian soldiers and Bulgarian volunteers who lost during the Russian-Turkish war. The land was donated by residents of the village of Shipka. The Church playing the style of Russian religious architecture of the 17TH century.
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  • You can see the golden domes from far away surrounded by trees and the mountains straight behind it. The church itself is really well maintained and in my mind it was always bigger but that's not the ...  more »
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