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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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  • When you are in this place you can enjoy the quite and beautiful nature. There is place for children to play.  more »
  • 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 »
  • In my opinion one of the best places to visit in Bulgaria! The architecture is simply amazing and all the golden domes and the decorations are stunning. It's even more impressive whin you see it for t...  more »