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The  Ivanovo rock monastiery has been included in the UNESCO heritage list of world sites. It has been founded around 1220s by the monk Yoakim, who later on became a Bulgarian Patriarch. The monastery boasts a number of rock churches, the most remarkable of which is the church of St Mary. It has wall paintings with exceptional artisitc qualities.

The Ivanovo Rock Monastery is located 22 km away from the town of Russe, within the Natural Park Reserve "Rusenski Lom".

Nowadays the monastery is not active, but it is open to visitors.