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Ivanovo 7088, Bulgaria
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All reviews rock hewn churches the river unesco site nature park beautiful place middle ages worth the effort original paintings open to the public archangel michael cave church main church minute climb little bit entrance fee view century
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love small archaeological sites that are tucked away from the beaten path. The rock-hewn church of Ivanovo was just like that - at least when we were there. There were only one other couple visiting. The path up the hill was steep but we...More

Thank reise-tanta-di
Reviewed 27 October 2018

Well preserved and beautiful setting, high up in a cliff. You can enter it via a path from the back of the mountain, but the monks apparently had a path along the cliff wall. Just going out on the balcony makes me happy Im not...More

Thank Mattias S
Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

This is an incredibly well preserved 12th century orthodox monastery. Best to go with a guide. Stairs or an easy flatter path.

Thank ohdoggy
Reviewed 20 October 2018

so close to Ruse you could find that prove of faith, over the centuries you have to climb some minutes, following the monks path; the panoramic rock offers the best view over the region, some caves are waiting to be discovered once more the best...More

Thank PopisteanuG
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

The church built inside of a cave high in the mountains is very nice, the paintings are beautiful. The only negative thing is you have to pay 5 leva just to see this tiny space.

Thank khety
Reviewed 27 September 2018

During our visit to Eastern Europe we visited the Rock hewn Churches and chapels and monasteries of Ivanovo the climb up to see the churches was quite a climb but was well worth the effort.

Thank graham m
Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

Loved this site, much more than Basarbavo. The rock church is small and it's just one (at Basarbavo there are several churches), but the views are better. The site is situated in a beautiful natural area with lots of panoramic views. The climb up is...More

1  Thank ramutza
Reviewed 14 August 2018

Up in the hills is the incredible chapel carved in the rock and decorated with medieval frescoes which look as though thy were painted recently. There is a small entry fee , well worth while as the person in charge provides some explanations and you...More

Thank Frog-Aus
Reviewed 8 July 2018

Churches, which are only one, are on a hill. I recommend that the climb be done smoothly on a nearby pavement, and descend by the path of the forest. the view is wonderful. The church is small, the paintings can still be seen. The entrance...More

1  Thank Tufus92
Reviewed 3 July 2018

I visited this site while on a Tauck Riverboat cruise from Budapest to the Black Sea. I enjoyed the short hike to the top. The view is wonderful. To see the frescos was special. It is hard to imagine how they survived and thrived as...More

1  Thank mgdevine
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