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Bulgaria is extremely rich in monasteries (over 160) and churches. Rila Monastery, Bachkovo Monastery, Rozhen Monastery, Troyan Monastery, Preobrazhenski (Transfiguration) Monastery and Aladzha Rock Monastery draw the largest number of visitors. Very fascinating are also the hundreds of churches where one can see unique samples of the Bulgarian iconography, woodcarving, mediaeval paintings and icons.

In some monasteries (such as Dobridolski, Chiprovtsi, Klissoura, Chekotinski, the Seven Thrones, Cherepish, Glozhene, Troyan, Batoshevtsi, the Sveta Gora of Veliko Tarnovo, and Dryanovo – in Northern Bulgaria; and Rila, Bachkovo, Arapya, Kaloffer, and the Maglizh – in Southern Bulgaria) you may spend the night in common rooms and thus sense the special atmosphere of these holy places. 

Located in the northwestern Rila Mountains, about 120 km south of Sofia, Rila Monastery is the largest and most known Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. Rila Monastery was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. More...

Rila Monastery
Rila Monastery
 


Founded in the 11th century, Bachkovo Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in the Balkan Peninsula.  It has preserved unique and highly valuable monuments of architecture and painting, typical of Eastern Orthodox culture. More...

Bachkovo Monastery
Bachkovo Monastery
 


Boyana Church

Located on the outskirts of Sofia, Boyana Church consists of three buildings. The eastern church was built in the 10th century, then enlarged at the beginning of the 13th century by Sebastocrator Kaloyan, who ordered a second two storey building ... More...

Boyana Church
Boyana Church


Rozhen Monastery

Erected during the Middle Ages, the Rozhen Monastery has preserved its three portions added to it in the 16th, 17th, 18th and l9th centuries. More...

Rozhen Monastery
Rozhen Monastery
 


Sofia is ine of Europe’s oldest cities - founded some 7000 years ago. The city’s historic monuments faithfully reflect the mixture of Roman, Turkish, Byzantine and Bulgarian cultures to which it was exposed over the hundreds of years. Sofia’s most famous attraction is the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral built in the early 20th century. More...

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia
 


Nessebar town is one of the major cultural heritage destinations along the Bulgarian Black Sea coastline. Its Old Town was placed on UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983. According to the large number of churches, Nessebar is often said to be the town with the highest number of churches and moansteries per capita in the world. More...

Nessebar
Nessebar
 


Varna

Stretching between the coast and the harbour is the old part of the town; one of its most characteristic buildings is the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin with its many domes. More...

Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin in Varna
Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin in Varna
 


Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo - situated approximately midway between Sofia and Varna - forms a picturesque setting on the hilltops, within a bend of the Jantra River. More...

Veliko Tarnovo
Veliko Tarnovo
 

 
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