Aladzha Monastery, Varna

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Aladzha Monastery is naturally carved from a vertical karst cliff surrounded by trees and bushes. The complex includes monks' cells, a refectory, kitchen, small cemetery church, crypt, and farm. Enter the chapel on the second level to explore partially ruined medieval frescoes from the 14th century. See the fragments of five monks' figures and the main mural depicting Jesus on a throne surrounded by flying angels. The monastery owes its name to these colorful murals, which are now almost destroyed. The Persian-Arabic word aladzha means motley. Use our Varna travel itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Aladzha Monastery and other attractions in Varna.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Monastery troglodyte, relaxing place, different hikes starting very well maintained. To see cashier jaded barely one mouse nose in his crossword
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  • August 14, 2017
    Most prominent of a series of rock-side monasteries in the region. Quite special and charming, with nice views to and from the rocks. Small but interesting museum too. The catacombs can be reached aft...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    We arrived in pouring rain, small museum, and then lépcsőmászás umbrella. Dry time surely would have been more interesting ...
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