Aladzha Monastery is naturally carved from a vertical karst cliff surrounded by trees and bushes. The complex includes monks' cells, a refectory, kitchen, small cemetery church, crypt, and farm. Enter the chapel on the second level to explore partially ruined medieval frescoes from the 14th century. See the fragments of five monks' figures and the main mural depicting Jesus on a throne surrounded by flying angels. The monastery owes its name to these colorful murals, which are now almost destroyed. The Persian-Arabic word aladzha means motley. To visit Aladzha Monastery on your trip to Varna, use our Varna journey builder.
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Aladzha Monastery reviews
Great historical site. Entrance fee is around 5 Lev. (or around 2€ or so). There is also botanical garden and small museum. Worth seeing while visiting Golden Sands. It takes around 1-1,5h to see all things. If you want You can hike there from city centre (approximately 1h) or take a taxi for 15 Lev (one way route).
Really liked this place. Really calm atmosphere and fascinating history. A small map would have been good. Got a taxi from our hotel which was a fixed price for all hotels and he was waiting for us to take us back. Amazing to think of people living in the caves
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