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  • 1. Alexander Nevski Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Named after the Russian Tsar who saved his country from invading Swedish troops in 1240, and who is also revered as a saint in Bulgaria, this...Read More

  • 2. Boyana Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Boyana Orthodox Church is both a charming and fascinating medieval structure in the southern outskirts of Sofia, on the lower slopes of Mt....Read More

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  • 3. Chiprovtsi Monastery

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This monastery dedicated to Sveti Ivan Rilski (St. John of Rila) is in Chiprovtsi, a village an hour outside Belogradchik. The monastery, composed...Read More

  • 4. Church of Nativity

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The simple exterior looks more like a stone barn than a house of worship but Arbanasi's oldest church has exceptional artwork hidden within...Read More

  • 5. Church of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel

    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...Read More

  • 6. Convent of The Dormition of The Virgin

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Believed to have been built in the Middle Ages, this working convent has been plundered several times over its long history, and sections of...Read More

  • 7. Osman Pazvantoglu Mosque and Library


    Built by an Osman Pazvantoglu, an Ottoman soldier who rebelled against them and became governor of Vidin, this mosque and library date from...Read More

  • 8. Preobrazhenski Monastery

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Eight kilometers (5 miles) from Veliko Tarnovo, just outside the village of Samovodene, is this beautiful Eastern Orthodox monastery. From Veliko...Read More

  • 9. Sozopol Old Town

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Founded in the 7th century BC by Greek colonists, Sozopol on the southern Black Sea Coast is both historically fascinating and one of Bulgaria...Read More

  • 10. St. Nicholas Monastery

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A pleasant place to stroll through well-tended gardens and soak up the history, St. Nicholas Monastery has seen its fair share of turmoil: it...Read More

  • 11. Sveti Dimitar (Church of St. Dimitrius)

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Vidin’s main cathedral is an Orthodox Christian church and an important house of workshop for locals. While the original late-17th-century structure...Read More

  • 12. Vidin Synagogue

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    There are fewer than 1,000 Jews living in Bulgaria now, and most of them in Sofia, but at one time Vidin had a sizeable Jewish population who...Read More

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