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The rock-hewn churches of Ivanovo

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.

The rock-hewn Sveta Petka Chapel

The rock-hewn Sveta Petka Chapel is located in the town of Tran. A mystery surrounds of the history of this chapel as it is believed that St Petka was hiding in the cave after being fiercely prosecuted for her Christian beliefs during the 10-th century.

Later on the cave has been turned into a chapel. Thus the chapel is actually situated in a natural cave. In the cave one can see a stone in the form of a round bread with a hole in the middle and it is decorated with solar geometric motives similar to the decorations on the traditional Easter breads.

The cave ittself is situated amongst beautiful nature and the view over the town of Tran and the surrounding nature is worth experiencing.