Friday, August 30, 2013
Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo - BULGARIA - UNESCO #45
Today I've got one more UNESCO WHS postcard from Bulgaria (one of the few EU countries I haven't visit yet), this time with tyhe impressive churches digged in the rocks of Ivanovo. What a wonderful place this must be. Thank you very much for sending me this one Lilia. Now I have 142 sites in my collection, only 839 to the end. This postcard took 11 days to arrive!
In the valley of the Roussenski Lom River, in north east Bulgaria, a complex of rock-hewn churches, chapels, monasteries and cells developed in the vicinity of the village of Ivanovo. This is where the first hermits had dug out their cells and churches during the 12th century. The 14th-century murals testify to the exceptional skill of the artists belonging to the Tarnovo School of painting.