Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo

Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo

Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
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Soccca
Tolmin, Slovenia1,778 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
A very interesting rock-hewing church. From the parking lot you have to climb a bit (5 mins), then you reach a panoramic view and after another 5 mins you are in the church. There was a very kind guide that explained us s lot of things about the church and also about the frescoes that are very well preserved. After the visit we returned to our car and there is also a small shop where you can buy souvenirs.
Written 14 June 2024
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John A Carter
Lower Sackville, Canada5,225 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
I didn’t do a trail, but I did climb up to the churches built into the walls of rock. I also went into the new church, which is currently being built below in the courtyard. I found both to be extremely beautiful and it’s something interesting to see in the area. The cost was four Bulgarian lira to get in.
Written 26 March 2024
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Lili Lalu
Bucharest, Romania23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
An interesting visit, a beautiful place… the wall paintings are impressive. It’s worth driving to this church in the rock.
Written 27 August 2023
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mrc282
World8,721 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
there is a loop trail that takes 20 min with slow walk. you will walk the dirt path with gradual ascent, arriving to the Panoramic Rock, and 5 min later, the Church Rock Cave. frescos on the ceiling is more well-preserved than the one on the wall. there is also a balcony. once done, you walk down the stone steps back to trailhead
Written 9 June 2023
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Semaan D. Makary
Ehden, Lebanon1,182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
In the valley of the Roussenski Lom River, in north east Bulgaria, a complex of rock-hewn churches, chapels, monasteries and cells developed in the vicinity of the village of Ivanovo. This is where the first hermits had dug out their cells and churches during the 12th century. The 14th-century murals testify to the exceptional skill of the artists belonging to the Tarnovo School of painting.

The frescos of the Ivanovo churches reveal an exceptional artistry and a remarkable artistic sensitivity for 14th century painting and Bulgarian medieval art; they are an important achievement in the Christian art of South-Eastern Europe.

The richness, the variety of the cells, chapels, churches, monastery complexes, the original architectural solutions - all set in a magnificent natural environment - confirm the value of this extraordinary historical grouping!
Written 21 August 2022
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NikiNikolaus
Salzburg, Austria91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Not far from the Camping Koukeri Site this complex has great views and a lot to leran about religion in the area!
Written 5 August 2021
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Nik R
Varna, Bulgaria6,664 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
This is probably the most famous complex of rock churches in Bulgaria, located just about 20 km from the town of Ruse, in the picturesque gorge of the Rusenski Lom river.
There are well-preserved religious murals, dating from the 13th-14th century when the complex was first inhabited by hermit-monks who were grammarians and writers. The rock church with the murals - named "Sveta Bogoroditsa" or "The Holy Mother of God", along with plenty other rock churches and monastic cells in the area, is actually a part of the rock monastery "St Archangel Michael". The rock-hewn churches of Ivanovo are in the list of world cultural and natural heritage of UNESCO, one of the other 9 such sites in Bulgaria.
The church can be reached via 2 paths - one of them consists of about 100 steps and the other is a dirt path, not that steep but a bit longer which first leads to the top of the rock rim where is an awesome panoramic spot with stunning views. You can even see some of the other rock churches in the distance. Due to the anti-Covid measures, a one-route system was established - going up via the dirt path and coming down the stairs.
To enter the church and see the murals will cost you a couple of euros which includes an interesting explanations and information about the site by the guy selling the tickets - not sure if it could be in English.
Written 15 June 2021
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fjane84
Island of Malta, Malta669 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
There is a lovely walk up to the cave monastery with beautiful scenery around. The small cave has two sections : a church and a chapel. The painted walls and ceilings are really impressive, they date from the 1300s and the colours are so vibrant still. The paintings tell stories from the Bible and are unique and they portray people in a way that was advanced for that time in history, being much more realistic and accurate. The faces were removed by the ottomans who did not believe faces should be portrayed. The cost of entry is taken at the cave entrance and is not expensive. There is an info sheet in English but also the guide there spoke good English and gave us lots of information. There is free parking below the cave and a paid toilet, and gift shop.
Written 22 November 2019
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c0l88
Heswall, UK168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
The journey to the church is difficult in parts and in some ways more difficult coming down but it is worth it. You need good footwear and a dry day. Some great views from the top. Use the toilet facilities at the start before setting off.
Written 30 October 2019
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Ainsley S
Hale, UK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
We visited here from Ruse. The walk up to the church is up a long slope where you get lovely panoramic views over the valley (buzzards visit but we didn’t see any), not an arduous walk. The church is filled with faded but impressive frescoes and the ticket seller at the top was helpful in pointing out what was happening in the paintings. Steps down were safe and a nice cafe at the bottom did basic but tasty food (the usual meatballs, fries with cheese and shopska).
Written 21 August 2019
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