Aladzha MonasteryAn Unorthodox Construction
It’s believed these caves were first inhabited during the 11th century by hermits. However, during the 13th and 14th centuries, monks developed the site into an unusual underground monastery, complete with frescoes, mosaics, and catacombs. including some remarkable frescoes. Through the 20th century, the site’s spiritual gravitas persisted, with locals believing the surrounding hills were inhabited by a daemon of the underworld. Today, visitors can step into these caves of faith to view the raw galleries, medieval artwork, and walk the 600 meter path to see the the three-level catacombs. Also on site is a small museum where visitors can learn about the history of Bulgarian archaeology.
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