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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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  • Aladzha Monastery is one of the few cave monasteries in Bulgaria where the different premises and their functions are clearly distinguishable. The monastery premises are carved and arranged on two lev...  more »
  • This monastery is special full with history and spiritualism. You climb on stairs to reach the "rooms" that were built inside the rocks. The garden is nice and you can walk in the forest, just in fron...  more »
  • This is a great place to visit around Varna. An ancient monastery and museum surrounded by stunnung lanscape and nature.