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Arbanasi Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The 17th-century church is hidden inside a handsome, tree-shaded stone building with terracotta roof—it looks more like a wealthy merchant's house than one of worship. The reason is because when Bulgaria was under Turkish rule, it was decreed that churches could not be taller or more ornate than mosques. Its interior walls and domed ceilings are covered entirely in striking frescoes. The wood-carved iconostases were meticulously carved by artists trained at art school in Tryavna.

Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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ul. Spiro Konstantinov
Arbanasi, 5029, Bulgaria

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: 6 leva. Combination tickets, valid for two days and inclusive of 10 museums, are 20 leva per adult or 30 leva for a family with up to three children., BGN 6

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