Aladzha Monastery, Varna

4.2
Religious Site · Tourist Spot
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. To visit Aladzha Monastery on your trip to Varna, use our Varna journey builder.
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  • An ancient monastary in a big rock. Entry fee is ok, nice view from above the rock. A must see, very nice historical place.  more »
  • Amazing place, wildness , clear drinkable water and nice views. Have to be viewed again!!! Recommended  more »
  • The monastery was founded in the Middle Ages by hermit monks and then abandoned. There is little left of it, but in the museum you can get an idea of ​​what it looked like.  more »
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  • Great historical site. Entrance fee is around 5 Lev. (or around 2€ or so). There is also botanical garden and small museum. Worth seeing while visiting Golden Sands. It takes around 1-1,5h to see all things. If you want You can hike there from city centre (approximately 1h) or take a taxi for 15 Lev (one way route).
  • Really liked this place. Really calm atmosphere and fascinating history. A small map would have been good. Got a taxi from our hotel which was a fixed price for all hotels and he was waiting for us to take us back. Amazing to think of people living in the caves
  • Nice place to visit and unwind. Complete tour takes about 30 minutes but you can sit back and relax. Free parking available just at the entrance, fee was 5 Lev per person in Sep 19
  • Really unique opportunity to see the remnants of a monastery set in limestone cliffs. We spent about an hour here which includes a short walk through the Forrest to the catacombs. (make sure you have mosquito repellent!) Easy to find and park. Entry was a few Lev. Definitely worth seeing.
  • This is a great quick trip from Albena. It takes about 90 minutes to tour the museum and the monastery. Definitely worth the trip if you enjoy cultural tourism!

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