Bulgarian World Heritage: Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo

UNESCO considers the Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovо, located in the valley of the Roussenski Lom River, as a piece of the World Heritage.

The complex of rock-hewn churches, chapels, monasteries and cells in North-East Bulgaria developed in the vicinity of the village of Ivanovo.


Photos: © Vincent Ko Hon Chiu

This is the place where the first hermits had dug out their cells and churches in the 12th century.

Its frescoes date from 14th century and are considered as an important achievement in the Christian art of South-Eastern Europe.


Photos: © Vincent Ko Hon Chiu

“They reveal an exceptional artistry and a remarkable artistic sensitivity for 14th-century painting and Bulgarian medieval art. The richness, the variety of the cells, chapels, churches, monastery complexes, the original architectural solutions – all set in a magnificent natural environment – confirm the value of this extraordinary historical grouping”, explain from UNESCO.


Photos: © Vincent Ko Hon Chiu

The complexes of monasteries were between the time of the Second Bulgarian State /1187-1396/ and the conquest of Bulgaria by the Ottoman Empire.


Photos: © Vincent Ko Hon Chiu

The rock massif, where the churches are, has serious stability problems so that during the recent years a continuous programme of research has focussed on strengthening the rock formation.



Description is available under license CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0

Photos: © Vincent Ko Hon Chiu

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